Watchmen Poem

Literary Devices Used:


Verse – any composition in lines of more or less regular rhythm, usually ending in rhymes, is verse

Connotation – our associations and suggestions related to a word.

Imagery – to speak of all the images of a poem taken together. Often more useful than to speak of only one image.

Haiku – poem that consist many of images in 3 lines of a 5-7-5  syllables traditionally. Some English haiku poets do not follow this formula.

Simile – a comparison of two things using like or as

Paradox – a statement that at first strikes us as self- contradictory but that on reflection makes some sense.

Rhyme – when two or more words or phrases contain an identical or similar vowel sound, usually accented, and the consonant-sounds (if any) that follow the vowel-sound are identical ex. Hay/ sleigh, prairie schooner/piano tuner. (exact rhyme)

End Rhyme – comes at the end of lines. Internal Rhyme comes in the middle of a line of poetry.

Allusion – an indirect reference to any person, place, or thing – fictitious, historical, or actual.

Abstract diction- words that express ideas of concepts. Ex. love, time, truth, etc.

Tone – the attitude the poet wants a reader to take towards a theme or subject of a poem.

Onomatopoeia – an attempt to represent a thing or action by a word that imitates the sound associated with it. Ex zoom, buzz, crash, etc.




The world isn’t funny, but it is all a joke.

The punchline, a silence evaporated into the smoke

Of the windows they watched through that shattered and crashed

And the bodies that fell to the streets turned to ash.

In twelve seconds time the photograph would drop to his feet

Though they seemed intertwined their neutrinos were free.

We all seem bound to that same twisted fate,

The man and the photograph, the raft and a doomed pirate freight.


Time never stands still

For those who watch the watchmen

Never watch the clock.