What are the literary devices found in this poem "A Man I Knew" by Margaret Levine?A Man I Knew Margaret Levine has a condo a maid who comes every other week kids who won't are on the dresser they...

What are the literary devices found in this poem "A Man I Knew" by Margaret Levine?

A Man I Knew

Margaret Levine

has a condo

a maid who comes
every other week

kids who won't

are on the dresser
they float forever

like a boat

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Symbol--"Has a condo"

The condo is a symbol for wealth.  As higher income housing, the man's ownership of the condo suggests that he is financially stable or well off.  The fact that he has a maid who visits to clean the condo affirms his characterization as a more wealthy individual.

Simile-- "like a boat"

The simile "like a boat" compares a floating boat to the floating pictures of the children on the dresser.  This comparison suggests multiple layers of meanings.  First, the simile compares the children to a boat, yet another possession like the condo.  Analyzed from this perspective, perhaps the man feels that his children are yet another extension of his possessions, floating in perpetuity, like a boat, until he focuses his attention on them.  Secondly, the man  feels that his relationship with his kids is adrift, floating out of his control and reach.  The children will not visit him, and he feels powerless to command their attention.  Either way the reader analyzes the simile, the boat comparison offers a sense of disconnect between the man and his children.

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