The Usage Of Poetic Devices By Bob Dylan Essay

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Through the usage of poetic devices, the author, Bob Dylan is able to portray meaning of a past relationship. In this past relationship, Dylan’s partner pretends to be someone that she is not in order to climb the social ladder. Dylan effectively uses methods such as hyperbole, symbolism, and diction to give meaning to one of his most famous songs. In the first verse of this work, Dylan introduces contrast between how the outside world views the woman and how he views the woman. In line 3-6, “Everybody knows That Baby’s got new clothes But lately I see her ribbon and bows Have fallen from her curls”, Dylan separates himself from other people in regards to the woman he is speaking about through the use of diction. By referring to “Everybody” seeing something different than what “I” see, the work supports that the woman, “Baby”, is hiding something about herself from the outside work. However, because Dylan and the woman were assumably close in relations, the speaker was able to get a closer look at the woman and who she really is. Another important use of diction in this verse, is in the chorus, lines 7-10, because the girl is both compared to a “woman” and a “little girl”. This usage of diction adds to the separation of what the speaker sees and what the outside world sees of the woman. In line 10, “But she breaks just like a little girl”, shows weakness and vulnerability of the woman, something that the outside world does not see of her because if someone “breaks”, they…

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