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Evaluate the effectiveness of diction as an adjunct to meaning in John Updikes Player Piano In Player Piano John Updike uses personification to give life to a unhuman piano By using diction to communicate his ideas he effectively allows the reader to explore the psyche of a Player Piano In the first couple lines of the poem assonance and consonance are present In line one these musical devices dominate the sentence as there is a repetition of the ick sound in stick click and snicker suggesting to the reader the sharpness of the piano also reminding readers of the constant clicking sound found in mechanical devices The harsh k sounds of the second line in chuckling knuckle and key suggest the abrupt sound of air passing through the paper roll of a player piano In the next line the word flicker is a phonetic intensive closely associated with word flame Since the flame is a symbol of life and light it gives the reader a feeling that the piano is alive further adding to the effect of personification in this poem In the last line of the first stanza there is consonance in these keys and melodies The repeat of the smooth s sound in these three consecutive words evokes a feeling of rhythm or harmony - pleasant sounds from the player piano The next stanza starts with an internal rhyme My paper can caper The simple rhyme suggests that the paper can leap and jump about like a child The connotation of the word abandon adds to this suggestion of unrestrained movement or activity The words dint and din are alliterative and the suggestion is that the din of the piano broadcasts its sound far and wide In line three of stanza two there is both internal rhyme and assonance in man band and hand Updike tells us that the piano has a
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