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In Barter by Sara Teasdale

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In Barter by Sara Teasdale, the author uses many literary techniques to enrich the poem, I think he uses three main techniques; these techniques are sensory images, metaphors and similes. The author uses many times sensory images two examples of sensory images in the poem would be: “Soaring fire that sways and sings” and “Scent of pine trees in the rain”. With the first example, we can feel what the author describes. We can feel the heat of the flames from the fire, touching our skin.

We have the impression that we are next to the fire, the image is very well chosen. In the example they also talk about the fire who sings, and when I thought of the fire touching my skin, I immediately thought of that song, that music, without even knowing that it was at the end of the sentence. So I think that in this sentence the author has really well used the words to create a perfect sensory image that gives us the impression to be at the authors place next to the fire.

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In the second example, the author describes the scent of pine trees. When I think about pine trees the first thing that comes to my mind is the smell that it gives out, this fresh and delicate odor. But this smell can be accentuated by the rain, and when you walk in a forest of pine trees an hour after it has rained, so when the author talks about the scent of pine trees in the rain, I can directly imagine what he is talking about, I start smelling that fresh odor.

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The author also uses metaphors to enrich the poem.

An example of a metaphor in the poem is : “Holy thoughts that star the night, when I think of stars, I imagine them lighting up the darkness of the sky, when I think of holy thoughts, I think about a light in the darkness of the thoughts, so I really like the fact that the author compares what we could call physical darkness, a real darkness, a place with no light to a more spiritual, mental darkness, I think this metaphor has been really well thought by the author.

The last way the author uses to enrich the poem is by using similes. An example of a simile in the poem is: “Holding wonder like a cup”. With this example we can clearly see that the author compares wonder, wonder is usually something that gains us when we see something that amaze us.

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