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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 CodaBy: Basil Bunting double click to change this title text! A strong song towsus, long earsick.Blind, we followrain slant, spray flickto fields we do not know.Night, float us.Offshore wind, shout, ask the seawhats lost, whats left, what horn sunk,what crown adrift.Where we are who knows of kings who sup while day fails? Who, swinging his axe to fell kings, guesses where we go? Poetic DevicesThis poem mainly uses metaphor, personification, and enjambment. The metaphors used, such as the lost crew trying to find their way back home as they sing, provide a compelling, eerie feeling to the uncertainty and unease of being lost at sea. Furthermore, personification, such as that used to describe their conditions at sea, adds to the suspense and uncertainty of the poem. Personification, such as the wind shouting, or being powerful, and the night floating the crew, as the crew sails at night, provides the reader with a deeper sense of immersion and imagery into the poem.It provides the reader with a sense that, while the crew is lost at sea,they are not truly alone on the waters. It shows the crew's surrender and hopelessness as they allow themselves to go with the sea. In addition, the enjambment included in the poem separates most of the poetic devices to each their own line so thatthe reader includes breaks between the devices to better amplify and understand the poetic devices. Lastly, the poem exercises alliteration to provide the poem with a more solidified rhythm. Words such as "Strong song", "slant, spray", and "Where we are who..." use alliteration, adding to the rhythm of the poem. AnalysisThis poem introduces the reader to a ship and its crew lost at sea. Buntingprovides a poem of hopelessness and confusion while also making it soothing and relaxing to the reader. He uses phrases such as thenight floating the crew or the wave flickingagainst the ship. Bunting also shows the crewbeing lost in their search to find kings wherethey might not exist. Structure and DictionThe poem is written in free verse which provides no specific rhythm or formula in creating stanzas. The poem does consist of three stanzas, each breaking apart their own separate story and experience.The first stanza portrays the crew lost at sea while the second shows damage and losses from an incident. The third shows what the crew is in search for: kings. The shift comes midway through thesecond stanza as the author writes of losses and kings overthrown. This continues over to the third stanza with the crew on the hunt for a king. Simon Bruklich
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