What are the literary devices found in the poem "Lift Your Right Arm" by Peter Cherches?Lift Your Right Arm Peter Cherches       Lift your right arm, she said.      I lifted my right...

What are the literary devices found in the poem "Lift Your Right Arm" by Peter Cherches?

Lift Your Right Arm

Peter Cherches

      Lift your right arm, she said.
      I lifted my right arm.
      Lift your left arm, she said.
      I lifted my left arm. Both of my arms were up.
      Put down your right arm, she said.
      I put it down.
      Put down your left arm, she said.
      I did.
      Lift your right arm, she said.
      I obeyed.
      Put down your right arm.
      I did.
      Lift your left arm.
      I lifted it.
      Put down your left arm.
      I did.
      Silence. I stood there, both arms down, waiting for her next command. After a while I got impatient and said, what next.
      Now it's your turn to give the orders, she said.
      All right, I said. Tell me to lift my right arm.

 

 

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The poem "Lift Your Right Arm," by Peter Cherches, contains many different literary (or poetic) devices.

Assonance- Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry. An example of assonance is found in line two of the poem:

I lifted my right arm.

Assonance, here, is seen in the repetition of the "i" sound in both "I" and "my."

Alliteration- Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry. An example of alliteration is found in line three of the poem:

Lift you left arm, she said.


In this line, alliteration is exampled twice. The repetition of the "l" sound in "lift" and "left" and the repetition of the "s" sound in "she" and "said."

Irony- Irony is a sort of humor which what is said and what is meant tend to contrast each other (when verbal irony is used).

Irony appears at the end of the poem when the speaker tells the "she" in the poem to tell him to lift his arm.

Silence. I stood there, both arms down, waiting for her next command. After a while I got impatient and said, what next.
      Now it's your turn to give the orders, she said.
      All right, I said. Tell me to lift my right arm.

Here, it is ironic that the command the speaker is giving is for the "she" to tell him what to do. This is also humorous.

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