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The poem I chose to write about is “All day I hear” by James Joyce. The poem is about the noise water and wind make. The poem appears to take place near a lake or ocean. There is a large use of onomatopoeia in this poem. For example, in lines 1 - 2 the poem states, “All day I hear the noise of waters / Making moan” causes the reader to hear a noise the water is making. In addition to the water, James Joyce gives the wind noise in lines 5 – 6 with, “He hears the winds cry to the waters’ / Monotone” causes the reader to hear the noise of the wind with the water which to me sounds like a long drawn out yawn. In the first stanza there are three instances of alliteration. These alliterations occur on line two with “Making moans,” on line three with, “Sad as the sea-bird is,” and lastly on line 5 with, “He hears.” In addition to alliteration, there are also several instances of assonance. For example, on lines 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 have a similar pattern of using the o vowel with; “Making moan,” “Forth alone,” “Monotone,” “the cold winds are blowing,” “Where I go,” “Far below,” “To and fro.” In addition to the o vowel’s use of assonance in the poem, the a vowel is used in lines 1, 3, 5, 9, 11 with; “All day I hear the noise of waters,” “Sad as the sea-bird is,” “He hears the winds cry to the waters’,” “I hear the noise of many waters,” “All day, all night, I hear them flowing.”

 


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