Anguish Poem Analysis

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Anguish
Anguish is a slew written on pages,
You 're not ready to turn.

Anguish is a breathtaking morning waking,
‘Missing Persons’ lists a golden grin.

Anguish is a phone booth begging to call you,
Fistful of pennies and an ocean of apologies.

Anguish is a blurred highway line,
Drifting like the ring of thoughts on pills.

Anguish is a stretch of pavement,
With my memoir written in blood.

Anguish is a savior arriving too late,
But on time at my funeral.

Anguish is a goodbye,
I never got.

Sound and Literary Techniques

3 sound techniques: internal rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia
3 language techniques: metaphor, personification, imagery

My free verse poem utilizes sound techniques like internal rhyme and alliteration.
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Imagery is utilized throughout the poem, particularly in the first line, it conjures images of someone’s past slowly being revealed. Connotation and denotation is demonstrated by the word “thirst”. The denotation of thirst is “a feeling of needing or wanting to drink something”. In contrast the connotation of thirst in this poem is an aching, or longing for something. Finally the poem offers a metaphor, the Christopher pendant, this piece of jewelry represents acceptance. Reading the poem it can be interpreted that the character is longing for something and even sacrifices things to earn this goal. The goal in question is affection and acceptance from a lover. This lover wears the pendant, by earning the pendant, the character earns acceptance and …show more content…
The sound techniques include rhyme, assonance and personification. The rhyme is internal, demonstrated in the line “They put you in that gown, as I tore off my crown”. An assonance is seen in the words “assuredly” and “absentee” both containing a long ee sound. The personification used is seen in the line “the current mending the heart I broke”. This line exemplifies the calm of death, as the lake waves adopt human abilities, like mending.
The literary techniques used are metaphors, an alliteration, and an oxymoron. Like many poems this narrative contains various metaphors, the main metaphor of this piece is the narrator’s blue eyes. The change in them, from blue to red, represents the change and internal conflict within the narrator. The alliteration is seen in “baby blues”. Finally the oxymoron in this piece represents the conflict we see develop within the narrator, “I destroyed our spirits saving them”. Not only is this contradictory, but it shows the reader just how much the narrator is

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