I need to know and describe the figures of speech in this poem. Please help im desperate and I dont understand poetry. The gaudy tapestry of June suddenly quickens: bees drumming gregorian...
I need to know and describe the figures of speech in this poem. Please help im desperate and I dont understand poetry.
The gaudy tapestry of June
bees drumming gregorian
lilacs swinging censers
In my middle age Ive stepped
into the medievel world
Christ`s body nailed to every tree
his blood emblazoning the rose
the air`s a whir with angels
Shhh, Shhh says the srinkler
calling me to silence
the only other sound
the crack of roots thirsting
My body tightens with the dandelion
tug of white hairs
about to explode
Everywhere hints fo what comes next
like the family stories
The mist that rose from Grandfathers chest
when his eyes iced over
Aunt Sudie dragging Maudie
with her to the grave
M own journey
out of this wrecked body
pulled by the weight of bones
and upward gravity
The other world will not let go
Vaughan, Trahern, Ammons, Wright
have made me a visitor to earth
thier words crowding my head like angels poised on a pin
Two figures of speech that stand out for me with this poem are metaphor and personfication.
The metaphors seem generally pretty short, as in the opening line "The gaudy tapestry of June." The month of June doesn't literally have a tapestry, so this statement is clearly an example of figurative speech. I think this metaphor might bring to mind all of the colors of flowers that tend to be in full bloom in June.
Personification is used much more extensively in the poem. There's a string of instances, all tied to the idea of created a sense of a medieval world: "bees drumming gregorian" likens the insects' noises to the chanting of monks, and "lilacs swinging censers" likens the flowers to attendants at a Catholic mass who lightly swing an incense-filled ball on a chain in order to waft the scent of incense across the room.
As I reread the poem, I see the "gaudy tapestry of June" as more than just a reference to colorful flowers. The whole tapestry "quickens," we're told; it comes to life. "Tapestry" is probably being used here in a broader, also metaphoric sense: the speaker seems to be reflecting on the interwoven fabric of life.
There are other figuresof speech here apart from personification and metaphor. There is onomatopoiea: drumming, whirr, ssh ssh, c; alliteration - poised on a pin, swinging censers; parallelism - wrecked body/weight of bones. Remember there are a whole range of figures of speech that are to do with the sound of the words.