Book Discussion Forum: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – Literary Devices

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The most prominent literary devices engaged by Jesmyn Ward has got to be metaphors and similes. Most of the time I found this to be effective – as long as the comparison seemed like something within the character’s experience.

I am subject to that pulse, helpless as a fisherman in a boat with no engine, no oars, while the tide bears him onward. Richie, End of Chapter 6

This is where I had to look up, once again, the difference between metaphor and simile. Ward uses both.

I squat next to Misty on the concrete block and bum a smoke: the menthol shores me up, stacks sandbags up my spine. I can do this. I wait until the nicotine laps at my insides like a placid lake, and then I go back to the car. Leonie, Chapter 4

What other literary devices do you see in evidence in Sing, Unburied, Sing?

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