Julia Alvarez in "Woman's Work", uses literary devices like imagery, simile and alliteration to portray the meaning of poem by elaborating that women do work hard as compare to men. There is experienced a conflict in the poem regarding the working of women in house while for men to go out and work, men expect from women to do everything for them by staying at home such as having floors wiped, dinner ready and laundry folded, etc.
The author of the poem uses imagery in order to represent ideas, actions and objects in such a way that stimulate as well as appeals our physical senses.
The second literary device, smile is the comparison of one thing with another in order to make a description more vivid and emphatic. The daughter made comparison between all day long working of her mother in the house where she also helped her, and her father to go outside whole of the day for the purpose of work. Alliteration is another literally device, that has been use to add interest in a sentence and to remember thing that could be forget.