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Impacts of Literary Devices in Poems

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William Shakespeare uses various ways for readers to connect to his poems. Even though his style of writing is too old for our newer generations to understand. Shakespeare had a wonderful way to impact his readers by giving three strategies which are a theme, tone, and figurative language. There is one impactive poem of Shakespeare named “ Seven Ages of Man” throughout the poem he showed us the three ways of theme, tone, and figurative language in color for the readers to understand each stage of life is in real life and to analyze the meaning of the whole poem by listening to the tone and identifying each descriptive lines.

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First of all, the most meaningful line of the poem is “ All the world’s a stage,”. meaning all the poem will be about how life is a stage. This line gives a true description of the poem. In addition, a way to identify how tone works to create imagery and meaning to the poem is how the tone gives an attitude toward the subject to use figurative language in imagery. Tone gives meaning in the poem by Shakespeare stating the seven stages in life as showing his point of view in life. As an illustration in the poem “ Seven Ages of Men,” the seven ages are; the infant, whining schoolboy, the lover, the soldier, the justice, lean, and slippered pantaloon. This shows how the author sees the ages of men are in life.

Additionally, how the theme works to create imagery in the poem “Seven Ages of Men” is by giving his opinion of the subject. As in the poem he uses alliteration, similes, metaphor, and repetition to show his point of view and create imagery. For example, in the poem in line 28,” Sans teeth, Sans eyes, Sans taste, Sans everything.”. It shows how the author uses repetition to make the idea clearer and more memorable. Also, the theme works to create imagery in the poem by using the experiences of the author as stated in the seven ages of the men.

Afterward, how figurative language works to create imagery is by using figures of speech to be more effective, persuasive, and impactful towards the readers. As also in the imagery it uses figurative language to represent objects actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Some examples of figurative language in the poem of “Seven Ages of Men” are alliteration, similes, metaphor, and repetition as said in the previous paragraph. An example of figurative language in the poem is in lines eleven through twelve, ” “Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like a pard.”. It shows how the object of simile is to spark an interesting connection in a reader’s mind or listener’s mind. And how some other figurative languages work to create imagery like alliterations as in the poem in line 23 “ shrunk shank”.

To sum it up, tone, theme, and figurative language work to create imagery in the poem “Seven Ages of Men” to help understand the poem. It uses those three strategies to interact or make imagery understandable to the readers. Also, those three literary devices help using figures of speech to be more effective, persuasive, and impactful towards the readers. Therefore, the poem is about the seven stages of men in life as said in the title of the poem. 

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