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What is the literary device used in these lines from "Four Skinny Trees"? Here are the lines: They are the only ones who understand me. [Personification??]I am the only one who understands...

What is the literary device used in these lines from "Four Skinny Trees"?

Here are the lines:

They are the only ones who understand me. [Personification??]
I am the only one who understands them.

Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here. [Personification??]
Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn't appreciate these things.

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In describing the trees, when the narrator says, "They are the only ones who understand me," you are correct: this is an example of personification because she is giving the trees the human ability to understand a person. Personification is the attribution of human qualities to things that are not human. Therefore, the line, "Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine" is also an example of personification because trees do not have necks and elbows, skinny or pointy or otherwise, like human beings do.

The speaker also employs a metaphor when she says that the trees are "Four raggedy excuses planted by the city." A metaphor compares two unalike things, saying that one thing is another thing (not that it is like

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