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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
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