What are the figures of speech that are used in "The Egg and the Machine" by Robert Frost?
Robert Frost’s poem “The Egg and the Machine” critically examines technology’s harmful impact on nature. In this poem, the speaker rails against the railroad system and its destruction of a turtle’s nest in its path. Frost uses several literary devices to create meaning, including:
Meter and rhyme scheme: The poem is in iambic pentameter with an “aa, bb, cc, dd, …” rhyme scheme that neatly ties couplets or every two lines together. The iambic pentameter creates a sense of marching or impending forward movement. The rhyme scheme supports this sense and recalls two parallel rails of train tracks.
Personification: The approaching train, still yet unseen, wakes up like a slumbering beast in the distance. In response to the speaker’s angry kick of a hard rail, the train replies with “an answering tick/And then another tick.” The speaker’s ire “roused an engine up the road.”
Repetitive and graphic diction: Frost repeats specific words to emphasize the speaker’s...
(The entire section contains 600 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial