Poetry

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       Through the ages of poetry, many poets have been making images with the expressions that they use to become leaders in creating the art of language.  Several authors of the poems that we study daily use personification to make animals and objects do things that people do everyday to give the poem a twist. Poets also use imagery to give their readers a good portrait of what they are trying to describe. “Southbound on the Freeway” by May Swenson and “Once by the Ocean” by Robert Frost include these two terms. These poems, “Southbound on the Freeway” and “Once by the Ocean” are similar to each other in certain poetic descriptions, but they also have some that are unlike.

       One way these two poems are similar to each other is where the author uses many choices of poetic terms to get his audience’s attention.  First, personification is found abundantly throughout each poem. For example, Swenson’s poem uses the personification like “Their feet are round and roll” (7) and “They have four eyes. The two in the back are red” (11, 12). As well in the Frost’s poem includes personification such as “The clouds were low and hairy in the skies” (5) and “Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes” (6). Those descriptions are very interesting and grab the reader’s attention. In addition to personification in these poems, there is imagery in “Southbound on the Freeway” and “Once by the Pacific” also.  Swenson uses imagery such as “They have four eyes. The two in the back are red” (11, 12) and “Sometimes you can see a five-eyed one with a red eye turning on the top of his head” (13).  Frost also uses imagery like “Great waves looked over others coming in” (2). As you see these poems are both similar by both using figurative language.

       Next, a second similarity in these poems is how they chose to write these with patterns. First, alliteration is a key term they used in writing these poems. In “Southbound on the Freeway”,...
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