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Nelly Sachs Writing Styles in But Perhaps God Needs the Longing

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Imagery

Simply put, imagery refers to the images suggested by a poem. The relationships between images can suggest important meanings in a poem. With imagery, the poem uses language and specific words to create meaning. For instance, Sachs uses imagery to demonstrate the cycle of life and death. The wreath is a circle without beginning and end. Birth and death are the cyclical representations of nature. Each birth must end in death, but the dead are not forgotten, according to Sachs, since they remain alive in memory.

Parallelism

Parallelism refers to a repetition in style or words within the poem. This stylistic device is a means to express several ideas of similar importance in a similar manner. For example, Sachs uses parallelism of word choice, the word "perhaps," to reinforce the notion that memory might ward off death by keeping alive the memory of those who have died. This...

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