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Anastasia R.

asked • 10/26/14

What are the literary and sound devices in this poem?

What are the literary (Metaphor, Simile, Personification, Oxymoron, Irony, etc.) and sound (Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration, Cacophony, etc.) in this poem? Thank you!
 
One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as 'twere, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.

I should not be withheld but that some day
Into their vastness I should steal away,
Fearless of ever finding open land,
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.

I do not see why I should e'er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew--
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

John F.

To  Anastasia from Boston, MA

One of my wishes is that those dark trees,...................wishes,  is  show a assonant word group,  that those is a consonant cluster
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,    .........scarcely show  is a two word alliterative cluster
Were not, as 'twere, the merest mask of gloom,   .........were, twere are consonant sounds, and merest mask are alliterative
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.     .............edge of doom is metamorphic in nature


I should not be withheld but that some day
Into their vastness I should steal away,......................should steal   are alliterative sounds
Fearless of ever finding open land,............................fearless,  finding is another alliterative sound
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand......metamorphic (slow wheel pours the sand), where & wheel are consonant
I do not see why I should e'er turn back,..........................I. ...why... I  is an assonant  cluster
Or those should not set forth upon my track....................should,  set  are alliterative sounds
To overtake me, who should miss me here.....................miss,  me  are alliterative sounds
And long to know if still I held them dear.
They would not find me changed from him they knew--.......find, from  are again alliterative sounds
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

I really like your  consistent syllabic beat that flows easily off the tongue.  

                Consonant Word Combinations:  (from my book,  “A Game with the Mind”)

                Consonant words are those that follow in a sequence using the same consonant clusters creating a sound. “ A corpse lay cold and motionless.  It shrilled a chill to kill” is an example of this.  The “ill” consonant sounds create a cluster of sound in the line.

                Alliterative Word Combinations:

                Another is an alliterative word combination where the  first letters of words create a rhyming sound as in “consonant clusters creating a sound” in the descriptive preceding this one.. 

                Assonant word sounds:

                You may even want to use words that rhyme inside the words in a sequence.  “I find my cry a lighter sound” is such an example of  assonant word sounds.  The “eye” sound is found five times in this phrase.  This sounding of “eyes” creates an added feeling to the line. It creates a sort of music to the ears adding flavor to communication.
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12/12/14

John F.

Anastasia,
    Can you find the one word sounds that I intentionally listed wrong compared to the definitions listed below?
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12/12/14

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