What are the literary devices used in the poem Crossing the Bar?

What are the literary devices used in the poem Crossing the Bar?

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  1. Following literary devices have been used in the poem, “Crossing the Bar”:-

    1. Assonance:- it is the repetition of identical or similar vowels in a sequence of nearby words as seen in the line, “And may there be no moaning of the bar” where the sound of ‘o’ is similar.

    2. Alliteration:- it is the lyrical musicality of the poem since it refers to the repetition of a speech sound in a sequence of nearby words. Over here it occurs when the poet says “And one clear call for me.”

    3. Metaphor:- it refers to any word or expression that in literal usage denotes one kind of thing applied to a distinctly different kind of thing without asserting a comparison. Here “crossing the bar” stands as a metaphor for death.

    4. Personification:- it is to give human characteristics to inanimate objects. In this poem, the poet personifies “sandbar” when he says “And there may be no moaning of the bar.”

    5. Enjambment:- it is a thought or a clause that does not come to an end at a line break but directly moves on to the next line. When the poet says “I hope to see my Pilot face to face/ When I have crost the bar”, an enjambment occurs between the two lines.

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