What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Character of a Happy Life?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Character of a Happy Life?

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  1. The poem includes a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows:

    1. Eye Rhyme:

    In order to maintain the rhyme scheme, the poem uses words that are similar but are pronounced differently. Examples would be ‘are’ and care’, and ‘freed’ and ‘feed’.

    2. Alliteration:

    Alliteration can be observed in the following phrase: flatterers feed

    3. Anaphora:

    A repetition of the same word in successive clauses for added emphasis can also be observed. Examples would be: Whose passions not his masters are;Whose soul is still prepared for death, Whose conscience is his strong retreat; Whose state can neither flatterers feed,

     

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