What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem From “An Elegy written in a country churchyard”?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem From “An Elegy written in a country churchyard”?

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    This poem has a myriad of poetic devices, some of which are as follows:

    1. Syncope: Words have been shortened in order to maintain the rhythm of the lyrics. Examples would be: o’er, mould’ring, twitt’, ring, pow’r, th’
    2. Eye Rhyme: In order to maintain the rhyme scheme, words that are pronounced differently but are similar are used. Examples would be: toil and smile, gave and grave.
    3. Personification: ‘Ambition’ and ‘Grandeur’ are capitalized to attribute human qualities to them.
    4. Transferred Epithet: The plowman homeward plods his weary way’ In this line, ‘weary’ is used to describe the way when what it means to convey is how the plowman   is feeling.

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