Journal – TMD - Poetic Devices

Question Description

The purpose of this assignment is to learn about poetic devices in non-fiction writing. Being able to recognize poetic devices in literature will help you realize that these devices are not limited to poetry. You will recognize these devices are in all genres of literature. You will recognize these devices as a mark of good literature. This assignment asks you to locate those devices to develop your appreciation of non-fiction as an art form.


  1. Read the following pages from The Motorcycle Diaries
    • “Firefighters, workers, and other matters” (pp. 64-67) in the Unit 6 Resources.
  2. Find the following poetic devices in this chapter: symbol, metaphor, and imagery.
    • Symbol:
      "La Ponderosa" is the name they have given the motorcycle and in this chapter is finally breaks down and they say their final goodbyes. What do you think the motorcycle symbolizes for the two travelers?
    • Metaphor:
      “As each surge of water fell on to its flaming skeleton, the wood-and-adobe house shook.” Guevara often uses metaphors such as the “flaming skeleton” to his writing to add imagery for the reader. What effect do these frequent metaphors have on you as the reader?
    • Imagery:
      This chapter, as with much of Guevara’s writing, is laced with imagery. There are sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that transport the reader into the scene. Provide examples of phrases from this chapter for each of the five senses.
  3. Post your responses in your journal.

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