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In the Poem I Knew a Woman the author Theodore Roethke uses figures of speech primarily hyperbole and metaphor to reveal the wonders of a womans body as well as to amplify pleasures in sexual relations that the speaker had with her The fact that Hyperbole is used to describe the woman repeatedly throughout the poem suggests that she has great importance to the speaker and also implies his attitude towards her to be of amazement and admiration The speakers use of Figure of speech is first introduced in the first stanza of the poem Here Roethke uses word repetition in lines 2-4 creating a tone that is witty and playful linking this attitude to his relationship with the woman The use of word repetition ex L2 When small birds sighed she would sigh back at them is dominant in the first stanza but also appears in the 2nd and 3rd stanza which function to keep a playful tone throughout the entire poem For example line 17 She played it quick she played it light and loose implies their relationship to be playful and fun versus serious and romantic In addition to the use of word repetition the speaker also uses line 3 Ah when she moved she moved more ways than one to imply that the poem will move in many ways also Line 4 The shapes a bright container can contain is a pun or a double meaning for the shapes that a woman makes in motion since motion is emphasized throughout the poem For example Line 9 She taught me Turn and Counter-Turn and Stand creates vivid imagery of motion and dance and also the mention of mowing L14 and She moved in circles and those circles moved L21 contain sexual suggestiveness In the second stanza the speaker uses metaphor to depict strong sexual connotations In addition to the suggestiveness of the phrases She stroked L8 She Taught me touch L10 and
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