What literary devices does Nikki Giovanni use in the poem "Dreams?"

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Nikki Giovanni's "Dreams" was published in Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment.  The poem contains multiple literary devices. First, the poem's narrative mode is stream of consciousness. What this means is that the poem shows the thoughts and feelings of the speaker. The speaker lets the reader know how she (assumed to be a girl since "she" wants to be like Marjorie Hendricks or a member of the "raelets" (sic). 

Second, the poem contains alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry. Line eight (8) contains alliteration: “tal kin bout tal kin bout." Lastly, the poem contains repetition. Lines twelve and thirteen contain the exact same phrases: “baaaaaby nightandday / baaaaaby nightandday.”

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