Pride by Dahlia Ravikovitch

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Pride By Dahlia Ravikovitch In the poem pride, Dahlia Ravikovitch uses many poetic devices. She uses an analogy for the poem as a whole, and a few metaphors inside it, such as, “the rock has an open wound.” Ravikovitch also uses personification multiple times, for example: “Years pass over them as they wait.” and, “the seaweed whips around, the sea bursts forth and rolls back--” Ravikovitch also uses inclusive language such as when she says: “I’m telling you,” and “I told you.” She uses these phrases to make the reader feel apart of the poem, and to draw the reader in. She also uses repetition, for example, repetition of the word years. Ravikovitch uses an analogy for the overall poem. Comparing rocks to people. She uses this analogy to show that a person can be hurt, but never show it, then one day crack and crumble. Just like a rock will sit there for years, and suddenly crack. Within the poem, she uses metaphors, such as, “the rock has an open wound,” comparing the rocks crack to an open wound, showing the similarities between humans and rocks. Ravikovitch uses repetition of the word years in the first part of the poem to emphasize that a rock can go so long appearing to be unharmed, even for years, until they finally get a crack, as well as with people. She also uses personification. Ravikovitch personifies the rock to show the similarity between rocks and people, and how two things that are so different, can be so similar. The overall message that Ravikovitch is trying to convey, is that even though rocks are tough, they still crack, as do people. A person can be hurt but never show it, then all of a sudden crumble. Even the strongest boulders have cracks. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ty went through a prominent change ● He tried to portray the world through the terms of compassion and hope, but at the same time “he was profoundly disturbed by the brutality of totalitarianism and the savagery of war,” ● “Immoral beauty and moral truth, chaos and order, and nature and civilization,” are the contradictions Milosz often uses in his poems ● His poetry is fueled by a continuous recognition of transience and powerful historicism ● Milosz’s poetry became more introverted when he went to California, and included many more aspects of surrealism ● Even through his advancing age, it never impaired Milosz’s critical judgement (George Gömöri) Work Cited Gömöri, George. "Czeslaw Milosz: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resource Center. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.

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