There is often a naive and jubilant rush to battle before wars begin, and a sobering reality check after the horrors are unleashed. Kemp expresses this dynamic exquisitely using an interesting rhetorical technique. This poem uses personification, simile, metaphor, alliteration, and dialogue. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8. Find this figurative language poem along with many others on this page of figurative language poems.