My Mother at Sixty-six - Poetic devices | Flamingo Poetry | English Class 12 - Poem 2

My Mother at Sixty-six

Poetic devices

Alliteration- Alliteration is the repetition of an initial consonant sound in words that are in close proximity to each other.

  • my mother
  • all I said was, see you soon

Metaphor- A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unrelated things, typically by stating that one thing is another.

  • "face ashen

(The colour of her face is compared to the colour of ash.)

Simile- A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using the words “like” or “as”.

  • her face ashen like that of a corpse
  • she was as old as she looked
  • wan, pale as a late winter's moon

Imagery- Imagery is a literary device that uses vivid description that appeals to a readers’ senses to create an image or idea in their head.

  • "Young Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling out of their homes"

(The above phrase creates vivid pictures in the reader's mind using descriptive language.)

Personification- Personification is a literary device that gives human characteristics to nonhuman things or inanimate objects.

  • "Young Trees Sprinting"

(The Human action of sprinting or running is attributed to trees.)

Chremamorphism- Chremamorphism is the inverse of personification: it attributes non-human characteristics to a human (or humanoid) entity.

  • "Merry children spilling"

(The children are attributed with the non-human characteristic of spilling, a characteristic typically associated with liquids.)

Tautology- Tautology, as a literary device, is a repetitive use of phrases or words which have similar meanings used for emphasis.

  • wan, pale as a late winter's moon

(Both "wan" and "pale" convey a similar meaning related to a lack of color or a sickly appearance.)

Repetition- Repetition is a literary device in which a word or phrase is used multiple times to create rhythm or emphasise a word or phrase, or evoke a particular emotion.

  • all I did was smile and smile and smile……

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