You wanna be a better writer, right well let me tell you a secret that will make your life better.
Only a fraction of the poetic devices have been exploited by some of the world’s greatest poets and writers but greater minds have come to realize that the fraction rarely used has a greater effect on the minds of people who interpret poems in their own way. So my job today is to enlighten my now eager young writers on some of poetic devices that can change the way they see life and even make it better.
Couplets – This literary device is found at the end of sonnets to add versatility to one’s work. It gives a surprising comments that reflects the entire piece. Couplets can be written individually or included in longer poems using other poetic devices along with it. To add a comical effect to life couplets are often used to show life from a different perspective. Here is an example from Lateefah16
We walked across the island so white
Like timeless waves who wanted to stop and explore
Our foot steps in the sand so white
Even stars at night couldn’t sparkle this bright
The smell of the ocean salt
Touch my nose with intention to assault
The grainy feel run rough as a bike
Who knew sugar and sand aren’t exactly alike
The cool ocean breeze crash against rocks
‘While clouds block sun and smooth yachts dock
The seagulls screaming to go to the sea
At first touch you’re already chilli
But as the sun starts to set
The sky turns fiery red, bright orange and hot pink you bet!
Allusion – “When I was running late this morning I thought Barry Allen would ever have to run being the fastest man alive” Deeptanshu Prashad.
A writer would use allusion to get across a point minus the unnecessary details. With the intent that the reader understands the event being referenced. In other words a writer indirectly making mention to something either by way of metaphor or simile.
Synecdoche – A rarely used device in poetry but very important. Often used to describe part of something to represent the whole thing. It can also use an entire thing to represent part of it. Metonymy often said as the same thing but they are slightly different since synecdoche would use ‘wheels’ because it is part of a car ‘wheels’ would stand as the whole car. Whereas metonymy is a ‘substituting word’ used to stand in for another word or for that off the thing meant. For example ‘Bread – refers to food or money’ or ‘Glasses – refers to spectacles’
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Satire – Writers use this techniques by way of humor, exaggeration and irony to ridicule and/or expose a person, country, or the entire world.
For example Satire in real life is used in cartoons characters to expose politicians and present day actions. Television shows such as Family Guy, The Simpsons and The office.
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Allegory – A moral person can be easily thought using Allegory in which symbols are used. Most times involves characters and/or events that stand for an abstract idea in the form of a stray. This archaic term is used in daily life but is often seen in debates in schools, politics etc. Adding allegory to work evokes meaning and generates layers as the writer would express his/her own moral view on a specific topic. For example in the Hunger Games Series we see a political allegory that makes a statement of modern society (‘The Obsession with reality Tv’)
What am I missing here? Let me know in the comments an I’ll add it in!!!!