All poetic Devices in this poem - VOCATION

When the gong sounds ten in the morning and I walk to school by our
lane.
Every day I meet the hawker crying, "Bangles, crystal
bangles!"
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
bed,
I can see through my open window the watchman walking up and
down.
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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theme


The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work

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imagery


Words and phrases that appeal to the five senses.

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sound


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

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rhythm


The beat of a poem.

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lines


phrases or words in a stanza

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form


What a poem looks like

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figurative language


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

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simile


comparison using like or as

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metaphor


comparison not using like or as

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onomatopoeia


the use of words that imitate sounds

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personification


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

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hyperbole


extreme exaggeration

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rhyme scheme/rhyme


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

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alliteration


The repetition of consonant sounds at the BEGINNING of words.

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repetition


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

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stanza


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

 

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