11 poems with literary devices (explained)

Abraham McLaughlin

I leave you a list of poems with literary resources: alliteration, onomatopoeia, paranomasia, anaphora, anadiplosis, epanadiplosis, polysyndeton, antithesis, apostrophe, synesthesia and image.

Literary devices are very common in poetry. Source: pixabay.com.

- The leaf between the leaves

"The leaf Come in thes sheets I know complaint of I knowr different,

from havesee something haveso in the body,

contrary to the rest, contrary at night

Y alien a day and at wormwood of the winter air ".


This literary device consists of the repetition of sounds at the beginning of certain words in the verses throughout a poem. In this case, "la", "leaf", "se" appear in the first verse; in the second is "ten", and so on. This resource gives a pleasant sound to the stanza.

- The animal in the room

"It was a shadow with a shadow,

with a dark appendage that touched the curtains

and set them ablaze for a short, precise night;

was a "Rrr rrr rrr", a buzz that awakened everything from sleep,

a clock on the floor to four deaths,

and that "Meow" that he did not call anyone,

but it had my name ".


This resource imitates the sounds of things or animals, in this case we have the purr of a cat, denoted with the “rrr rrr rrr”, and the meow, written “meow”. By using onomatopoeia, the poem is more lively and the interaction of the person who recites is expanded..

- The strange sales

"I don't bandages plus your bandages,

neither him ajito that me shake,

nothing big or small,

zero jewels, zero garments ".


Paranomasia is the use of words that are alike in pronunciation, even in spelling, but not in meaning. This resource is often used a lot when making tongue twisters.

In this case, there are “bandages” to bandage and “bandages” to sell, in addition to “ajito”, which means “small garlic”, and “agito” to shake.

- I looked for you

"I looked for you through the ivy that climbed into the dense night,

and it was cold,

Y one corner looked alone how dark it was to be a space with no destination,

Y I did not want to enter the day,

So that I slept to go on long,

So that I went from madness to madness,

So that I ended up being something dark next to the night ".


This literary device consists of the presence of the same word at the beginning of a stanza, or of a verse, or of successive phrases. This is done by the poet in order to emphasize the poetic message, although the anaphora also provides a certain sound pleasant to the ear and that facilitates the memorization of the poem..

- I, who had you

"I, who had you among cayenas at night,

at night tired for us, for our Steps,

Steps of not giving up on walking together, like matches,

matches in the reason of living in the moment and not separating never,

never beyond a close look, a bed, a hand,

hand I took you to be a needle of the loom of the weather,

weather that we are, broken, asleep, alone ".


Anadiplosis consists of the repetition of a word at the end of a verse and then at the beginning of the next verse. This literary figure is also known as "conduplication." It is widely used to emphasize a message around a particular motive and make the reader not lose track of the main idea.

In this case, it can be clearly reflected in words such as: nights, steps, matches, never, hands and time..

- Presence

"Presence, that you break the dawn with gray and dreams, you, presence,

we nested in rubble of other worlds, alone we nested,

we were going to know what it was all about, why life and dream, we were going,

nothing knew more about us that we were two bodies on earth, nothing,

howls of old wolves eaten away by the paths of existence, simple howls,

wanting escape from everything, but always closed in on ourselves, it was always wanting,

then talking was a horror on the bedside table, you and me, then".


This literary figure is that a word is repeated at the beginning and end of a verse, a group of words can also be applied. It is a resource that has a great sound impact on the stanzas, so it enhances them and allows them greater expressiveness.

In this case it is present in the words: presence, we walked, we went, nothing, howls, wanting and then.

- Wanted it

"She wanted it, Y loved him and hugged him Y the whole name came up Y did not think about leaving it.

He was walking that he did not know Y that cried, Y who laughed Y who sang Y I was looking for where to go.

The truth is that existing like this consumes Y extinguishes Y leads to the uncertain Y to the life Y to the death.

Y no one knew, Y did not live, Y they did not exist and they did not continue and thus the dark came over ".


This literary device is that in the verses the conjunctions are repeated continuously, without a control. At first this may seem like a mistake, but it is used with all the intention of the poet. Here in that poem it can be seen with the conjunction "and".

- Both

"Both walk I looked for the stillness,

because the lifetime I was drowning with his attempts to death,

and I went cold and I went hot in the center of existence,

far away of me, but near to the pain of the breath.

So the hand is slide on the table and stops about herself,

thus life redounds and redounds in a be quiet That in shouts everything,

That in break and we rearm until you know what it's all about,

until the beginning where it was believed to begin and it was simply the end of what could be seen ".


This literary device consists of the placement in the same verse of words or ideas whose meanings are opposite. This is very common in poetry, in fact, it is one of the figures that the writer uses the most to give intensity to his message..

In this example it can be seen with the following words: walk and quiet; life and death; Cold and heat; remote and close; slide and stop; silence and scream; break and rearm; and beginning and end.

- Sea

"What do you do with my life that is not the same if you walk away?, sea.

Tell me the name that really calls you under those waters that shape you, sea.

And is that, sea ​​of ​​my town, I do not know which corner of your existence to turn to unfold my life;

And what do you say to me Darling?, Where are you taking me?, seagulls.

I do not know anything about you, moon crab,

neither of your sand at night, sun of the dark.

Whoever finds me this morning, tell her, the sea, I'll be back soon ".


This literary device consists of the incorporation of phrases that invoke and that are directed to something that has been given life or to a person. This figure is also widely used in the poetics of many authors.

In this poem it can be seen present in the phrases that address the sea, the sky, the seagulls, the crab and the sun.

- I saw you

"I saw you,

and I could perceive the cold of the image of your body prostrate in the morning by the lake,

the sun did not hesitate to make you try the honey of its rays,

and the crabs bit by bit the remains of your breath.

Who did not hear your look you never know what I mean now that I speak,

and it's normal, because this life breaks the meaning of everything,

and the skin no longer saw my voice as before.

I'm another,

I will go different ".


This literary device is related to the property that some beings have of perceiving smells of colors, or tastes of sound, or sounds of colors and vice versa. It is like an exchange of the common function of the senses. This figure is also used repeatedly in poetics.

In this poem it can be seen in the following sentences:

- "... perceive the cold of the image of your body".

- "Who never heard your gaze".

- Where we go?

What happened to that round house that was your name?,

Where did you take the blue from the shrapnel that yesterday dressed the neighborhood in red?

I know you know,

the streets of your voice lead directly to what you want to discover,

Y a cloud bird, like your outstretched hand, gives shade where there was already a.

Where are we going? Everything burns, everything seems a sunset that does not cease, a red hill of eternal fire.


The use of the literary resource of the image is very common in poetry. Example: the heart of the book. Source: pixabay.com.

Among the most used poetic resources is the image. This figure allows the person who recites the poem or the listener to show forms associated with moods, sounds, smells or colors, which makes the poetic act more vivid..

In this example we keep it in mind in the following sentences:

- "What happened to that round house that was your name?".

- "... where did you take the blue from the shrapnel that yesterday dressed the neighborhood in red?".

- "... the streets of your voice lead directly to what you want to discover".


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