Literary Devices Used in Dolphins

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The poems begins with second person such as “world is what you swim in.”. This is done to show affinity between dolphins and human. However, the rest of poem is written in 1st person plural, excluding human beings. Perhaps, this is to show the animosity of dolphins towards humans who imprisoned them. This shows that dolphins have bad views on human beings.
1st stanza talks about how dolphins were brought to the pool or aquarium. 2nd stanza describes the progress that a new dolphin takes to adapt in strange environment. Phrases like ‘travelling… for days’, and ‘to translate’ shows that dolphins discard old habits and learn new, artificial ones. In 3rd stanza dolphin realizes that there is no hope. Their “silver skin” is now just a past memory and they must now live with the colored ball for their life.
In 4th stanza, dolphins are now at the stage where they are forced to accept their ending. Pools restrict the dreams of dolphins and dolphins believe that they are going to die here.
Anaphora. - It is when a word is repeated in successive lines in the text. This device is used to emphasize and to give vivid images. Words such as ‘The other’ ‘There is’, ‘It is’ are examples of anaphora that can be found in the poem. ‘We were blessed and now we are not blessed.’ Here, the pronoun we is repeated but this time, to focus on contrast of two different tenses – were blessed and are not blessed. progression in time: it was the same space. It is the same space always.
Alliteration- Alliteration is when an initial sound is repeated.
This creates an imagery which will help the reader to visualize the scene. E.g. “silver skin” and “deepen to dream”. this can also be consonance.
Assonance- Assonance is similar to anaphora, but it is when a vowel is repeated in the words in sequence. An example can be ‘The other knows and out of love’ with repeating “o” sounds. Use of…...

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