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On His Blindness Figures of Speech 1Poonam Sharma asked 8 months ago

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On His Blindness Figures of Speech 2Admin Staff answered 8 months ago

Following figures of speech have been used in the poem "On His Blindness" by John Milton.

  1. Pun: Pun is a literary device which depicts two or more meanings of a single word or phrase. In the poem, there is a play on the word Light. Light here refers to his eyesight as well as his life before getting blind.
  2. Personification: Patience is here personified as having human characteristics.
  3. Alliteration: A number of times alliteration is used in the poem. e.g.days in this dark, World and Wide, that one talent, my soul more, my Maker, labor, light, patience to prevent, best bear, serve who only stand.
  4. Hyperbole: It is an exaggerated statement. e.g. thousands at his bidding speed.