analysis of poem

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To analyze a poem stylistically, we can analyze the poetic device, which is usually deviation and foregrounding, that the poet used in the poem. The term foregrounding refers to an effect brought about in the reader by linguistic or other forms of deviation in the literary text (Leech, 1985).In poem, devices of foregrounding and deviation are always used to draw reader’s attention and impress the readers. In the aspect of deviation and foregrounding, there are some perspectives on the nature of poetic language. The first one is on the phonological level (phonological deviation). It is the sound system of a given language and the formal rules of pronunciation. (Aslam, Mukhtar & Sarfaraz, 2014) The second one is on the graphlogical level …show more content…
These repeated phrases also make the poem informal and sound like close to over spoken language. It also make the meaning of the poem straight forward. Readers may put less effort to understand the meaning. On the other hand, the sound of all repeated phrase are exactly the same and produce a full rhyme to them. If you read aloud, you may found that the repeated phrases play a role that make the poem rhythmic. Besides, alliterations are used in line 5 ‘quick get’ and line 7 ‘quick quick get’. Both these groups of alliteration have the same starting sound /k/. Alliteration in poetry can give an alternative rhythm or meter to the poem. (Wise GEEK, 2010) Alliteration does not affect the meaning of the poem but like repetition, it helps the readers to remember the poem in an easier way because it gives both a visual and an aural function. This make the literary more beautiful and grand. For Myers’s poem, she used alliteration to embellish her words and emphasize the meaning of ‘being quick’ because the main character (or the author) is being late. Thirdly, Myers also used some assonance in her poem. For example, in line 9 ‘made’ and ‘gate’ they have the same vowel /e/ in the middle of the word, in line
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