The poetic devices that are used in this poem, as stated by critics are described. Personification is immensely used in this poem, which is a special kind of comparison, closely related to metaphor that gives life or human characteristics to inanimate objects or abstract ideas (Kirzner 767). Imagery is a language that evokes a physical sensation produced by one or more of the five senses: sight, heari...
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...he lake being metaphorical and using Narcissus as an example also demonstrated the poems subject. Plath wanted to stay youthful, yet if she did she wouldn’t have been able to experience life’s further experiences and the joy of aging with a hint of wisdom. John Wakeman’s review of the devices used in the poem included personification, imagery, allusion, metaphor and the rhyme scheme. His review inertly related with both Drennan’s and Hinkle’s. Although, his usage of the examples used in the poem was different, he still reviewed alongside the free verse rhyme scheme. The concluding line of the poem “rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish” displays the usage of personification, allusion, imagery and metaphors of how if the woman had not spent so much time agonizing over her wrinkles she might have had a happier life and wouldn’t have wasted her youth.
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