Essay on Pride by Dahlia Ravikovitch

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Pride By Dahlia Ravikovitch In the poem pride, Dahlia Ravikovitch uses many poetic devices. She uses an analogy for the poem as a whole, and a few metaphors inside it, such as, “the rock has an open wound.” Ravikovitch also uses personification multiple times, for example: “Years pass over them as they wait.” and, “the seaweed whips around, the sea bursts forth and rolls back--” Ravikovitch also uses inclusive language such as when she says: “I’m telling you,” and “I told you.” She uses these phrases to make the reader feel apart of the poem, and to draw the reader in. She also uses repetition, for example, repetition of the word years. Ravikovitch uses an analogy for the overall poem. Comparing rocks to people. She uses this …show more content…
Just like any other Shakespearean sonnet, it is set in iambic pentameter. In this poem, Shakespeare tries to show what love is, not what it means, but the characterization of it. To achieve this, he uses a few literary devices, including personification. Mainly the personification of love. Shakespeare also uses a few metaphors in this sonnet, and also an allusion. Shakespeare personifies love multiple times in this poem, in lines 9, 11, and 12 for example, to show and describe love as an everlasting force, that resists death. He uses personification to emphasize the similar characteristics love has to humans. In line 7, Shakespeare uses a metaphor, comparing love to a star, to show that love is a guide. Shakespeare also uses an allusion here, the star referring to the North Star. In the first few lines of his poem, Shakespeare is trying to say that love always preserves, despite any obstacles, and uses paradoxes to convey this message. In line 8, when Shakespeare says, “Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken,” he is saying that you cannot calculate the value of love. Overall in this sonnet, Shakespeare is trying to portray love as an eternal force, and that love is immortal. He uses personification and metaphors to help convey his message.

Mishaal Jan
PIB LA 10/ Period 3
26 April 2014
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