What are the literary devices used in the poem The Rain?

What are the literary devices used in the poem The Rain?

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  1. Following literary devices have been used in the poem The Rain by WH Davies:

    1. Metaphor: It is a figure of speech that is used to make a direct comparison between two things that aren’t alike but do have something in common. e.g. “Rain” here symbolises money and worldly things, “Wondrous light refers to the light of God i.e. divine light.
    2. Personification: It is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things including animals and non-living things. e.g. “rich leaves” personify rich people, “poor leaves” personify poor people and “Sun” personifies God.
    3. Oxymoron: It is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. e.g. sweet noise (noise is never sweet).
    4. Enjambment: It is the continuing a line after the line breaks. In the poem both stanzas have lines which continue without full stop.
    5. Imagery: It is the visual description of something. In the poem, the poet uses auditory image like drinking water, sweet noise, visual image like green leaves, sun shines bright etc.

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