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Which literary devices are used in Edgar Lee Master's poem "Lucinda Matlock"?

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Most of the typical literary devices readily identified within poetry (simile, metaphor, personification) are not present in Edgar Lee Masters's poem "Lucinda Matlock." That said, one could identify a few different lesser-known devices.

Parallelism is where parts of the sentence (or in this case the poetic line) are constructed in the same way. This allows the writer to illustrate that one idea does not possess more power or importance than another. An example of parallelism is as follows:

Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children

Here, the verbs "enjoying," "working," and "raising" are all constructed using their "ing" form.

Asyndeton is also present in the poem. Asyndeton is when the writer (or poet) omits conjunctions within a sentence or line of poetry.

I spun, I wove, I kept the house, I nursed the sick,

Here, the poet omits any "ands"...

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