What poetic devices can be found in Christopher Okigbo's poem Fragments Out of the Deluge?

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Christoper Okigbo used multiple poetic devices in his poem Fragments Out of the Diluge. Within the text of the poem, one can find assonance, alliteration, repetition, and personification.

Assonance: Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry. An example of assonance can be found in line seven:

Is finishing her rest...

Here, the repetition of the vowel sound "i" (as seen in "is" and "finishing") is assonance.

Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry. An example of alliteration can be found in line nine:

Floats above the fields after.

Here, the repetition of the "f" sound (in "floats" and "fields") is alliteration.

Repetition: Repetition is the use of a word which is meant to provide emphasis. Repetition can be found in two places in the poem. Both "empty sarcophagus" and "trees" is repeated.

Personification: Personification is the giving of human characteristics to non-living/non-human things/objects. Personification can be found in lines six and seven:

where the beast
Is finishing her rest...

Here, the beast is alluded to be human given the use of the pronoun "she" and the ability to "finish" her rest.

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