Answer to Question #193213 in English for Jaco Visagie

Question #193213

Question 2

Select a poem and copy the poem into your assignment.

Identify examples of assonance, alliteration, metaphor, simile and personification in the poem. Then describe how would you explain the effect these examples of figurative speech have to a learner. How would you adapt your approach if your learners have different cultural


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 If We Must Die.


If we must die- let it not be like hogs

Haunted and panned in an inglorious spot

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mocks at our accursed lot,

 If we must die-oh let us nobly die

Death is talking to people in a loud voice.

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain, then even the monster we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us through dead! 

 we feel like we've lost a part of ourselves

Oh kinsmen! We must meet our common foe, 

Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave

And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back! 

There is use of assonance.

For instance:dying fighting back .

This has been used to enhance musicality in the poem.

There is use of alliteration.

For instance; making mock/must meet/death deathblow.

This has been used to enhance musicality in the poem. 

There is use of metaphor.

For instance; we feel like we've “lost” a part of ourselves.

This has been used to show exactly the situation that has been faced without hiding any content in the information.

There is use of  simile.

For instance;let it not be like hogs.

This has been used to pass some information but the situation that has been faced has some hidden content in the information.Thus requires some reasoning.

There is use  personification.

For instance;Death is talking to people in a loud voice.

This has been used to show that death has been given human character of talking. Not only talking, but talking in a loud voice.

The following figurative speech will be easily understood when one clearly comprehend and understand what the given poem talks about.

The learners with different cultures will adapt with;

  1. With Poetry. For example, build figurative speech into your poetry units. ...
  2. With Shakespeare.
  3. With Short Stories.
  4. With Novels.
  5. With creative Writing.
  6. Analyze  figurative language in movies.
  7. Discuss  figurative language in songs.

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