What are the poetic devices in the ballad "A Legend of the Northland" by Phoebe Cary?
There are a number of poetic devices throughout "A Legend of the Northland" by Phoebe Carey. One that stands out the most is a simile, which is a comparison between two things (that are not usually compared to each other) using the words "like" or "as."
In this poem there is a simile on lines 7-8: "the children look like bear's cubs / In their funny, furry clothes." This is not only comparing children to bear cubs but it is also giving the reader a better understanding of just how cold it is. The children must have many heavy layers on to stay warm. Similarly, the simile "thin as a wafer" on line 35 helps to understand the way in which a cake looks, and "black as a coal in the flame" on line 60 helps the reader to understand the darkness of the woman's new form when she is changed into a woodpecker.
The poem also contains a number of sound devices. For example, the lines "And being faint with fasting, / For the day was almost done" contain alliteration , which is the repetition of consonant...
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