What are the literary devices used in the poem Speak Up?

What are the literary devices used in the poem Speak Up?

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  1. Following poetic devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Speak Up:

    1. Metaphor: It is a literary device that shows how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in another important way. e.g. “Blacksmith’s shop” symbolise our heart, “Burning flames” symbolise anger burning inside our heart against British, “Red Iron” symbolise our fearlessness, “Locks and chains” symbolise slavery.
    2. Personification: It is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things and animals. e.g. “locks open their jaws”, “chain begins to break”, “truth is not dead”.
    3. Repetition: It is the repetition of certain words or phrases for poetic effect. e.g. the phrase “speak up” is repeated several times in the poem.
    4. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “begins to break”, “Before the death of body”.
    5. Enjambment: It is the continuation of a sentence or clause across a line break. e.g. “See how in the blacksmith’s shop The flame burns wild, the iron glows red; The locks open their jaws, And every chain begins to break.

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