What is the figure of speech used in the poem,'Somebody's Mother' by Mary Dow?
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Could you please give us an excerpt showing the figure of speech you're asking about?
Most poems are loaded with them.

Best wishes, - A.
I looked it up. The only thing I see from a cursory reading is what I'd call the personification of the woman's feet.

Someone else may spot what you're referring to.

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AvangiSomeone else may spot what you're referring to.
Well, I certainly didn't see any personification. Is "a sticky sweet" or "a sentimentality" a figure of speech? Emotion: big smile

The pathetic little piece of drivel is surprisingly devoid of figures of speech, but here's one:

"like a flock of sheep" -- Simile.

Thanks, Jim. Right under the proverbial nose! Emotion: embarrassed

Hmmmm, How do you lead someone's feet? Emotion: thinking

Don't forget, that pathetic little piece of drivel may be somebody's mother. Emotion: nodding

Happy Thanksgiving! - A.
Avangi How do you lead someone's feet?
It might just be metaphoric lead. Anything heavy will do. Cement boots? Emotion: smile

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I thought it might be 'antithesis' (or whatever it's called)- the surprise at the end, where the old lady prays for 'somebody's son' after the boy has been thoughtful to 'somebody's mother'. That seems to me to be the significant figure of speech for the poem overall.
Hegel's contrbution to poetry?
But I think you're absolutely right. Emotion: nodding
AvangiHegel's contrbution to poetry?
Emotion: smile

But where is the dividing line between "figure of speech" and "rhetorical device"?

I noticed that "antithesis" but decided against mentioning it as a figure of speech. I thought it belonged more neatly into the category of rhetorical device.

Oh, well. Whatever. Emotion: stick out tongue

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