I’m trying to learn for my English class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
In your analysis, focus on five of the literary devices listed below:
- Comparisons (Simile and metaphor)
- Other figures of speech (hyperbole, personification, pun)
- Sound (alliteration, rhyme)
For the five areas you choose, identify each device in the poem you selected and discuss in detail how each affects the poem’s overall meaning. For example, if you choose to talk about comparisons, then you need to identify at least one simile or metaphor in the poem and explain how the simile or metaphor contributes to the meaning of the poem. Suppose a poem entitled “Dating Woes” contains the metaphor “George is a hog”; you would explain how this metaphor implies that George is sloppy and does not take care of himself or his surroundings, which in turn serves to support the poem’s overall idea that sloppy people have trouble finding dates. Do NOT pick a device that is missing from the poem! For instance, if the poem does not contain allusions, then you should not choose this area.
Complete your work in a .doc or .docx file. At the top of the page, give a header as follows:
Student name (Your name here)
(Instructor’s name here)
Date (put the actual date here)
Then center the title of the poem and its corresponding page number. Number #1-5, listing one literary device beside each number. Follow by giving your identification and discussion. See the example below:
1. Comparison–“Dating Woes” contains many similes and metaphors. One metaphor is “George is a hog.” This metaphor implies that George’s characteristics resemble those of a pig. He is sloppy in appearance and in surroundings. A pig relishes in a mud bath, so George must not be bothered by a lack of cleanliness. The metaphor supports the overall message of the poem by indicating that sloppiness is one deterrent to finding a date.
Here is a link to the poem you will be using https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44203/we-wear-the-mask