What are some of the language features used by Rona Adshead in her poem "Teenage Sky"?
Rona Adshead, born in 1933, is an author from New Zealand.
In her poem, "Teenage Sky," Adshead uses a number of "language," or poetic devices.
1. ALLITERATION: the repetition of words that start with the same consonant sound. For example:
*streaks of sunrise
*Mood and moment
2. ASSONANCE: the repetition of similar vowel sounds. Adshead uses this several times at the ends of lines to create a kind of partial rhyme.
For example, in Lines 4-5, the word "hills" is not fully rhymed with a word like "kills" or "gills," but rather is paired with the word "mist," with which it shares the short "i" sound.
Other examples are:
*shower, pout, clouds
3. RHYTHM: Almost all of the poem's lines contain 8-10 sylllables.
4. METAPHOR: a comparison that does not use the word "like" or "as."
The entire poem is built on a metaphor: the comparison of the morning sky to the life of a teenager. The poet's descriptions of the sky are really descriptions of a typical teenager:
*unsure of its shape
*pulls on its sturdy denim blue