The Creation “Then the green grass sprouted, And the little red flowers blossomed, The pine-tree pointed his finger to the sky, And the oak spread out his arms; The lakes cuddled down in the hollows of the ground And the rivers ran down to the sea, And God smiled again, And the rainbow appeared, And curled itself around His shoulder Then God raised His arm and He waved his hand. ” The author used plenty of poetic devices in the passage such as alliteration, tone and repetition to emphasize God’s creation.
For example, alliteration in “green grass” and “pine-tree pointed” was possibly used to anthropomorphize nature. This means to give human characteristics to non-human objects. Pine-trees were said to have fingers, oaks to have arms, lakes cuddle and rivers to run. The author also used repetition consistently in the poem to express that God created many things. He also switches to the word “then”, because it indicated that he started to create something else after he finished his past creation.
James Weldon Johnson also used a little bit of a comical tone in the story for the purpose of creating a not-so-serious mood. He emphasized the tone by using playful words such as “cuddled” or even giving God human characteristics and body parts, saying that he smiled, that a rainbow curled itself around His shoulder, and that God raised his arm and waved his hand. The author using repetition and alliteration also developed the tone.