Poetry Checklist: The Street

Topic: ArtFrida Kahlo
Sample donated:
Last updated: December 16, 2019
Octavio Paz
1914-1998

imagery
blackness, doorless, silent

number of stanzas
2

connotation problems
none because it is translated

metaphor
running literally and running from himself

personification
silent stone, silent street

symbolism
corners of the street = corners of his mind

speaker
paranoid person, maybe homeless

tone
eerie, dark depressed

irony
when he sees me: nobody- really somebody and it’s himself

paradox
when he sees me: nobody- really somebody and it’s himself

alliteration
stepping on silent stones, dark and doorless, silent street

assonance
he sees me

apostrophe
he is speaking to the “part” of him that is not there

exact rhyme
street, feet//nobody, me

internal rhyme
he, see, me, nobody//pursue, who

refrain
street, nobody, turning, silent, stumbles, leaves

theme
Drugs can lead to paranoia, know thyself.

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