what are the literary devices used in the poem Fire and Ice?

what are the literary devices used in the poem Fire and Ice?

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  1. Following literary devices have been used in the poem Fire and Ice:

    • Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. e.g. fire here depicts desire and greed and ice depicts hatred and coldness in relations.
    • Symbolism: The poem Fire and Ice is symbolic as it does not talk about the scientific assumptions but rather psychological reasons which would lead to the destruction of the world. Here, fire means greed which makes a man inhuman. On the other hand, ice means hatred which makes a person enemy of the other.
    • Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. some say”, “favour fire”.
    • Assonance: It is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line. “hold with those who favor fire”,
    • Enjambment: It is the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza. e.g. “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.
    • Anaphora: It is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses. e.g. “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.”

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