What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem From the Passing of Arthur?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem From the Passing of Arthur?

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

    1. Syncope:

    Letters have been omitted in words in order to maintain the rhythm of the poem. An example would be: answer’d

    2. Simile:

    “… let thy voice

    Rise like a fountain for me night and day.”

    In this line, Sir Bedivere’s voice is compared to that of a fountain with the usage of the word ‘like’.

     

    3. Metaphor:

     

    “For what are men better than sheep or goats

    That nourish a blind life within the brain,

    If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer

    Both for themselves and those who call them friend?”

     

    Here, Arthur compares those men who do not pray to sheep and goats, that is, mere animals.

     

    From the Passing of Arthur Summary

     

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