Poetry Style Analysis

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Poetry Style Analysis

Poetry Style Analysis ProjectAlli DeMoss

Poe uses metaphors and onomatopoeias in all three of the poems. For example, in “Dreams” “Oh!” (Line 1) and "Yes!" (Line 4) are onomatopoeias also seen in “A Dream” he writes “Ah!” (Line 5). Lastly, in "A Dream Within A Dream Poe uses onomatopoeias when he writes "Oh God!" (Lines 19 and 21) and in line 18 he writes "weep!". Poe uses metaphors in “A Dream Within a Dream” at the end of each stanza “All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream” (Lines 10,11) and "I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore" (Lines 12 and 13) which basically means he has a tough life. He uses many in “Dreams” to explain how happy and enjoyable his dreams were “Dreams! And their vivid coloring of life, As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife” (Lines 29,30) and "I' the summer sky, in dreams of living light" (Line 14). Finally, in Poe's poem "A Dream" he uses metaphors to describe his broken heart "On things around him with a ray Turned back upon the past?" (Lines 7 and 8) and in lines 10 and 11 he wrote "While all the world were chiding, Hath cheered me as a lovely beam". Poe uses metaphors and onomatopoeias to help set a tone to his poem. The metaphors help explain what he really means by the word “dream” and the onomatopoeias give off a lively tone to his happiness in the poems.

Poe included end rhymes in all three of the poems. In “A Dream Within a Dream” he starts his poem with “Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now” (Lines 1,2). In “A Dream” he includes end rhyme in every other line, for example “In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed- but had a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted” (Lines 1-4). Finally, in “Dreams” Poe uses end rhyme in lines 1 and 2 “Oh! That my young life were a lasting dream! My spirit not awakening, till the beam”. End rhymes in the three poems support the joyful tone with the onomatopoeias he used in each of the poems.

All three poems include the word “dream”, but Poe does not always mean a real dream he had while sleeping. Throughout his work, he explains that his dreams are the happy times of his past before he was broken hearted. In “Dreams” he wrote “Continuing- as dreams have been to me In my young boyhood- should it thus be given” (Lines 9,10). Those two lines explained how after his childhood, which was represented by a dream, his life pretty much fell apart. Also in “A Dream” he described how he had a dream and woke up broken hearted “In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken hearted” (Lines 1-4). He uses his relationship and the happy times he went through as the dream, but as he grew older his heart was broken so it was no longer a dream.

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