All poetic Devices in this poem - VOCATION

When the gong sounds ten in the morning and I walk to school by our
Every day I meet the hawker crying, "Bangles, crystal
There is nothing to hurry him on, there is no road he must
take, no place he must go to, no time when he must come home.
I wish I were a hawker, spending my day in the road, crying,
"Bangles, crystal bangles!"
When at four in the afternoon I come back from the school, 
I can see through the gate of that house the gardener digging
the ground.
He does what he likes with his spade, he soils his clothes
with dust, nobody takes him to task if he gets baked in the sun or
gets wet.
I wish I were a gardener digging away at the garden with
nobody to stop me from digging.
Just as it gets dark in the evening and my mother sends me to
I can see through my open window the watchman walking up and
The lane is dark and lonely, and the street-lamp stands like
a giant with one red eye in its head.
The watchman swings his lantern and walks with his shadow at
his side, and never once goes to bed in his life.
I wish I were a watchman walking the streets all night,
chasing the shadows with my lantern. 

Rabindranath Tagore ​​

Dear Student,
Given below are some of the poetic devices used in the poem.
  1. Repetition- The repeat of certain words or phrases. Example - 'Bangles, crystal bangles'
  2. Imagery- Used to create an image in the mind of the reader. Example- 'The lane is dark and lonely'. This is used to represent the darkness of the night and the loneliness that the watchman experiences.
  3. Simile- comparison between two things using words as 'like'. Example- 'the street-lamp stands like a giant with one red eye in its head.'
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The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work





Words and phrases that appeal to the five senses.





The poet uses rhyme, rhythm, and/or repetition to help the listener to hear the poem.





The beat of a poem.





phrases or words in a stanza





What a poem looks like




figurative language

language employing one or more figures of speech (simile, metaphor, imagery, etc.)





comparison using like or as





comparison not using like or as





the use of words that imitate sounds





A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes





extreme exaggeration




rhyme scheme/rhyme

The pattern in which rhyme sounds occur in a stanza. Example- the pattern ababbcbcc."





The repetition of consonant sounds at the BEGINNING of words.





repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis in a poem





The division in a poem named for the number of lines it contains.


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