What is the meaning of "Into The Woods" by Dorothy Baker? What figures of speech are used in this poem?

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“Into the Woods” by Dorothy Baker is a light-hearted poem in which the narrator describes spending a day enjoying the woods outside of town. The author begins the poem by asking the narrator a question. She inquires where the narrator spent the day. Told in the first person, the poem, written in couplets, answers that question. Couplets are literary devices in which the last words in successive lines of a poem rhyme. The narrator explains a day spent in the woods watching and listening to the small woodland animals. The author employs personification when describing the animals playing children’s games such as hide and seek. She uses the same device as she writes, “the leaves danced around me.” The use of personification creates imagery and gives the reader a chance to relate to the frivolity of the poem. A number of lines use alliteration containing a number of words that repeat the same beginning sound. An example of this is “the whir of wings." Finally, the author ends the poem by having the narrator ask a question in response to the one at the beginning of the poem. The narrator asks, “How can I stay in this full town, When those far woods are green and brown?”

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The poem is written in Closed Couplet, which is appropriate for telling a story. the first two lines is a first speaker( a mother maybe, asking her child " where have you been? " , and the rest of the lines are the second speaker( child) answer. The last two lines back again to the first speaker( mother) that somehow is tired of his current situation or place( city life).

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