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There are multiple literary devices found in the poem "Thumbprints" by Eve Merriam.
Alliteration- Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry. An example of alliteration is found in line two of the poem: "are whorls. whirls, wheels." Here, the repetition of the "w" sound in the words "whorls," "whirls" and "wheels" exemplifies alliteration.
Assonance- Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry. An example of assonance is found in line five of the poem: "What a treasure to own! My own flesh, my own feelings." Here, the repetition of the "o" sound in the repeated word "own" exemplifies assonance.
Personification- Personification is the giving of human characteristics, or abilities, to non-human and non-living things. An example of personification is found in lines eight and nine:
thumbing the pages of my time.
Here, the narrator's signature is allotted the ability to turn a page. Signatures cannot turn a page, but humans can.
Metaphor- A metaphor is a comparison between two typically unlike things, not using "like" or "as." (If the comparison is made using "like" or "as," the literary device used is a simile.) An example of a metaphor is found in lines eight and ten: "My signature / My universe key." Here, a comparison is made between the narrator's signature and a key to the universe.
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