What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Death the Leveller?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Death the Leveller?

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  1. Metonymy– Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept. Examples- “Sceptre and crown” is a metonym for kings, “scythe and spade” is a metonym for farmers, “laurels” is a metonym for fame and achievement.

    Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. Death is personified in this poem.

    Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “shadows, not substantial”, “scythe and spade.”, “victor-victim”, “Smell sweet”

    Onomatopoeia– Onomatopoeia is a figure of speech in which words evoke the actual sound of the thing they refer to or describe. Example- “murmuring breath”

    Metaphor– A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Here, “glories of our blood and state” stands for the fame of noblemen and kings.

     

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