Carl Sandburg's poem "Sketch" has two examples of personification. In Poem 1, one of the hyperboles is "the clear and unending creases." It is an exaggeration since the waves cannot be infinite because they must cease at some point. 3. An alliteration occurs when a consonant sound is repeated in a sequence. There are three alliterations in this poem: "oceanic/sphere," "greening/growing," and "frothing/rolling." Alliteration can be used to create excitement about the ocean or to express the idea that the earth is full of life.
In Poem 2, another example of personification appears where Sandburg uses the word "skirt" to describe the wave's action. A skirt would not have an end so it is an exaggeration to say that the wave has no boundary.
Sandburg wrote other poems that use personification including "The Great Lake" and "The Woods". In these poems, someone or something is described as having human qualities such as feelings, thoughts, and actions. This type of poetry is known as allegory. Allegy is the representation of abstract concepts through concrete images. For example, God could be described as a knight on a white horse when discussing Jesus' arrival on Earth. The words "knight" and "horse" are used because people believe that God created the world and everyone on it so he/she/it must be powerful and able to take on many forms.
Carl Sandburg's brief poem about ships on the coast and a rolling tide. It makes excellent use of repetition, as well as personification, exaggeration, metaphor, and alliteration. The last line contains an example of synecdoche: "The sea is silent but it speaks."
This poem is famous for its power to move people. It has been quoted many times over the years.
Sandburg wrote the poem in 1908 when he was a student at Northwestern University. He sent it to the school newspaper, the Daily Northwestern, but they didn't run it because they were busy printing news about a fire at one of the campus buildings. Disappointed, Sandburg decided to publish it himself. The poem became very popular and earned him money so he could study music further. Today, schools all over the world teach this poem because of its beautiful language and meaningful content.
Here are some lines from the poem that often appear in textbooks:
The sea is quiet but it's speaking. The waves roll in with their story to tell. The tides go out and then come back again. So does my love come and go?
I think of you, you know. When the sun goes down, and the moon rises; I think of you.
Alliterative poetry is a type of poetry in which consonantal sounds at the beginning of phrases are repeated to emphasize a certain sound in a phrase or line. Alliteration was later utilized in poetry as a more general strategy to generate mood and flow. Today, many popular poems are written in the alliterative style.
Examples of alliterative poetry include The Battle of Maldon by John Gower or The Dream of Rhonabwy by Eleanor Farjeon. Both poems use alliteration to create a sense of urgency and danger in their narratives. In fact, alliteration can be used to describe any word or phrase that starts with the same letter; this includes acronyms (such as "WWF" for World Wide Web) and names (like "John Doe").
The most famous example of an alliterative poem is The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. This 14th-century poet introduced various styles and techniques into English literature that have been used ever since. The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 40 stories told by four pilgrims as they travel down from London to Canterbury Cathedral for Archbishop Thomas Becket's funeral. The stories are interspersed with excerpts from three French literary works: The Romance of the Rose, Parfit Love, and The Parliament of Fowls.
Canterbury Tales is composed of 14 lines of alliterative verse.