Topics: Fiction, Literature, Irony Pages: 2 (744 words) Published: August 25, 2013
An author writes a book or novel to have the whole story put right out for you with a clear cut beginning middle and end. A poet can write a “novel” in very minimal lines or a few verses. They tell a story but give the rest for you to think and ponder about. A poet uses multiple literary devices in one single poem. When reading a poem you have to decode or decipher what the poet is really trying to say. They may use metaphors, irony and much more, in the poem “I Finally managed to speak to her”, the poet, Hal Sirowitz uses both of these literary devices.

The first literary device that is used in this poem is a metaphor. The poem “I finally managed to speak to her” is about a young man sitting across from a young girl on a bus. They are driving through New York City, and he would like to talk to her. He says “The trees look so much greener is this part of the country. In New York City everything looks so drab.” Although he is referring to the trees, Sirowitz uses the trees as a metaphor for him. Despite the fact that he has written about the trees you have to look deeper and the meaning and decipher what is trying to be said. Since the metaphor is really talking about him rather than the trees it really brings out the meaning of the poem. In an interview Sirowitz said “she was too self-involved. Or to put it in nicer terms, she wasn't into me.”(Interview) When he said this what I got is that when he wrote that she said “when you find another one let me know” is that she didn’t really want to talk to him so she is finishing the conversation. The metaphors in this poem are outstanding and really give you a glimpse into the author’s life. Until you actually really take a deeper look into the poem and realize what he is trying to say you may think that he is literally talking about the trees in different parts of the country.

The second literary device that Sirowitz uses in his poem “I finally managed to speak to her” is irony. Irony is used...

Cited: Sirowitz, Hal. ""i Finally Managged to Speak to Her"" E-mail interview. 10 Apr. 2013
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