Advice to my Son

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Many people don’t realize how fast life is actually moving. Today could be someone’s last day. Planning life and living it to the fullest can be challenging at times, but when you stop and smell the roses, life can seem a little bit more enjoyable. In Peter Meinke’s poem “Advice to my Son,” he portrays how important it is for his son to find a balance between loving the fun aspects of life while still having the necessities. Alliteration is shown numerous times in this poem. “To be specific, between the peony and the rose plant squash and spinach, turnips and tomatoes.” (Lines 11-12) Squash and spinach as well as turnips and tomatoes are a few examples of alliteration. Meinke used the device to let the reader know how important it is to have the spinach, squash, turnips, and tomatoes for survival. Survival out weighs the importance of beauty like in a rose or peony. That is why alliteration wasn’t used when writing the beautiful flowers, but was used in the necessary plants to survive. “For they go slow; if you survive the shattered windshield and the bursting shell you will arriv...
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