What are the figures of speech in Animals by Walt Whitman?

What are the figures of speech in Animals by Walt Whitman?

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    Following figures of speech/literary devices have been used in the poem Animals:

    1. Personification: It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. In the poem, poet says that animals patient, well-satisfied, ascetic, impartial. All these qualities are possessed by humans.
    2. Repetition: It is the repetitive used of a word or phrase. The poet repeats the word long in the 3rd line, “long and long” to tell that he keeps watching animals for a long time.
    3. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “look at them long and long”, “they do not make me sick”, “plainly in their possession”, “I wonder where they…”.

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