What is the structure of the poem "This is a Dark Time my Love" by Martin Carter?I would like the literary devices, rhythm, rhyming scheme, etc.

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While there isn't a specific structure to the poem, there are lots of literary devices that help to create the very powerful meaning in this poem. The "Dark Time" spoken of by Carter is war. In the second line, there are "beetles crawl[ing] about" which are a metaphor representing soldiers. The red flowers take on human qualities by "bend[ing] their heads in awful sorrow," which is personification. In this sense, meaning is added to the poem by illustrating that humans are not the only beings impacted by the war.

The "festival of guns" and the "carnival of misery" are also ironic metaphors. They use "fun" words to describe misery and guns. In the last part of the poem, the "man of death" comes:

Who comes walking in the dark night time? 
Whose boot of steel tramps down the slender grass 
It is the man of death, my love, the stranger invader 
Watching you sleep and aiming at your dream.

The man of death isn't actually one man, but many. It's a figurative way to describe an invasion, or a war in general.

Notice that each of the elements described contributes to the meaning of the overall poem. That is a key piece whenever you're discussing literary elements and techniques.