Seamus Heaney’s poem titled “Bog Oak” employs a number of poetic techniques and devices in support of its themes and meanings. Among those techniques are the following:
Lines 1-28: the poem is unusually narrow. Many lines have only four syllables, so that the poem almost resembles, physically, the rafter it describes.
Line 2 begins with the very heavily accented verb “split,” which is further emphasized because of the use of enjambment in line 1.
Lines 3-4 use a catalogue, or series, of adjectives, so that each adjective is strongly emphasized, especially the third and final one, which is also the longest of the three in the number of syllables it contains. The noun that follows this series of adjectives receives strong emphasis precisely because it is so long delayed, and the emphasis seems all the more forceful when it does come since the noun is monosyllabic.
Line 8 uses alliteration to call special attention to the unusual term “creel fill ers,” a term whose precise meaning is...
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