Poetic devices in poem “Birches”

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Poetic devices in R. Frost’s “Birches?”

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Here are some important poetic devices that Robert Frost has used in this poem:

Metaphor:
the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Of course, the branches of trees are not of enamel. In this line, however, the poet compares hard surface of tress to enamel.
Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow crust—
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
Here poet makes comparison between bits of broken ice with heaps of broken glass.
Personification:
I was going to say when Truth broke in
With all her matter of fact about the ice storm,
Here, poet refers truth as a woman who interrupts the thoughts of someone.
Alliteration and Onomatopoeia:
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow crust—

Look the repetition of sound /c/ in the first line and sound /s/ in the second line. Onomatopoeia occurs on the sound “shattering.”

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