Literary Devices in Orchard
Imagery: Doolittle incorporates sensory imagery in order to bring to life the orchard. Imagery engages all of our senses and emphasizes the temptation and beauty of the orchard. To this end, the speaker uses evocative images, such as describing berries “dripping with wine.”
Biblical Allusions: Biblical allusions appear throughout the poem. These allusions convey the theme of temptation and, by association, sinning. The speaker describes the orchard to have “flayed” her with its beauty, creating a correlation between appreciating beauty and punishment.