What literature techniques are used in "O Where Are You Going?" by Auden?What type of techniques does Auden use in this poem?
Auden uses the following poetic devices (literature techniques) in the poem "O Where Are You Going?":
-Alliteration:the repetition of consonant sound in a line of poetry.
"Reader to rider"; "fatal to furnaces"; "midden whose odors will madden"; "gap is the grave"; "fearer to farer"; "path to the pass"; "dusk will delay"; "diligent looking discover"; "granite to grass"; "horror to hearer"; "twisted trees"; "swiftly the figure comes softly"; "spot on your skin is a shocking"
-Personification-: "odors will madden"- the giving of human characteristics to non-human, non-living things.
Here, the use of alliteration is by far the most prominent literary device used in the poem. The use of alliteration gives the poem a sense of "sing-song". This lends itself to the fact that conversations are taking place between two people and changing as the poem moves along in action. This is similar to that of a fairy-tale or epic poem.