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The house is a poem written by Matthew Sweeney.

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The House The house is a poem written by Matthew Sweeney. Matthew Sweeney uses many techniques in order to make this poem effective and meaningful. Such techniques include alliteration, tone, certain sounds and a specific choice of words. However, throughout the poem, the poet never tells us his opinion of the house. He only describes it as it is. The poet never tells us whether he likes the house or whether he simply hated the house. He only tells us what it had, what it looked like and that he grew up there. In a way, this is good for the reader because it allows the reader to use his/her imagination and to read the poem carefully and form his/her own opinions on what the boy thought of the house. ...read more.

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The sounds that are used are harsh sounds such as 'h' and 'b' and 'c'. These sounds are normally used when talking about death and gloom. These sounds also contribute in a major way to the overall tone of the poem. The tone of the poem is extremely important because it communicates the exact mood of the poem to the reader. This poem obviously has a very gloomy and sad tone. We know this by looking the sounds that are used, the rhyme scheme and the diction. There is no rhyme scheme for this poem. This helps to bring out the gloomy tone that the poet is trying to achieve. ...read more.

Conclusion

And I did grow up there." Throughout the whole poem the poet has been describing the house as a creepy and eerie. However, the last two lines tell us that there was a piano upstairs and he did grow up there. Pianos are normally used as a symbol of happiness and memory. This is why the last two lines are in a way contradicting what was said in the beginning. However, this is only contradictory for the reader. Not for the poet. This is because the poet never told us his opinion of the house in the first place and by the end of the poem, still did not. In conclusion, Matthew Sweeney uses many techniques in order to make this poem effective and different from any normal poem. This is because he uses a specific tone, alliteration and a good choice of diction. ...read more.

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