Letters To My 16-Year-Old Self By George Watsky

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In the poem “Letters To My 16-Year-Old Self,” George Watsky conveys that positive and negative experiences affect teens outlook on life. In this poem metaphors are utilized to show how life is a captivating journey. The speaker states, “Earth is a jawbreaker/.../You’ve gotta savor it”(31,33). By using this figurative language Watsky illustrates how life is not something people conquer right away. They have to enjoy everything that happens. He connects the Earth to a jaw breaker because it is not a candy that a person eats in two bites. The person has to wait for the hard outer candy layer to dissolve. Another Lit term used in the poem is a personification to help portray stressful situations a person faces. Watsky says “Gravity is working overtime
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