What are five language techniques that are used in the poem "Of Eurydice" by Ivan Lalic?Of EurydiceNo one prevented me plunging my voice,Plated in violet silver, into your darkness,Your thick...

What are five language techniques that are used in the poem "Of Eurydice" by Ivan Lalic?

Of Eurydice

No one prevented me plunging my voice,
Plated in violet silver, into your darkness,
Your thick darkness devoid of time;
But my voice melted on your sweaty palms, choked
On black feathers from the strata of dead birds,
And vapourised on the coals of wisdom in your eyes,
And now, gnawed to the bone by the walls' invisible sneers,
I return alone.

Lords of the back of duration, had love
Not suffused my crimson fear, as the
South wind is drenched with the smell of the sea,
I would not have knocked at the doors of forbidden return.
But you let me tell the sands of dead time, and
Spattered me with your knowing, silent laughter
When i believed my blood-heavy eyes.

I was alone, you see. And i walked
Your corridors, only to stay so.
But still i robbed your darkness of a little light
And touched your tranquil lips and limbs,
To understand the senseless meaning of my loss.
Eurydice, unravelled like a tree into its roots,
lasts on outside me, without a farewell wave.

And now, gnawed to the bone by the walls' invisible sneers,
I dig my nails into my dumbstruck, ashy palms,
To leave as i come, with dignity,
Not crying out, nor running for the doors of the sun,
Afraid and hideously enriched.

By Ivan Lalic

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You can try and read through and spot the literary terms yourself in this amazing poem. The first stanza already establishes that this poem is rich in language techniques such as alliteration, which can be seen in "your thick darkness devoid of time" and the repetition of the "d" sound in "darkness devoid." 

However, also note the way in which a metaphor is used to describe the voice of the speaker as some kind of object that can be thrown into the pool of the darkness of the person they are talking to:

No one prevented me plunging my voice,
Plated in violet silver, into your darkness,
Your thick darkness devoid of time...

There is a definite comparison between the darkness and some kind of pool or place where water is where the speaker's voice can be "plunged."

Reference to the "wall's invisible sneers" show how personification is used to grant life to an inanimate object that also expresses the feelings of the speaker. You also have excellent examples of imagery throughout the poem, as phrases such as "the coals of wisdom of your eyes" greatly help us to imagine what the speaker is describing as they help create a visual picture in our head. 

You also might like to note the repetition of the phrase "gnawed to the bone by the walls' invisible sneers" which is repeated in the final stanza. This is repetition for effect. Hope this helps! You might like to go back through the poem and identify other examples of these literary techniques.


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