What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Last Lesson of the Afternoon?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Last Lesson of the Afternoon?

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

    1. Metaphor:  My pack of unruly hounds! Here, the persona’s students are compared to ‘hounds’, unruly ones at that, referring to how they refuse to maintain discipline.
    2. Repetition: The phrase ‘I will not’ is repeated twice to emphasise the persona’s vehement refusal to teach his unwilling students.
    3. Idiom: beat our heads against the wall : This idiomatic expression is used by the persona to state the pointlessness of him trying to teach his students and them trying to learn so unwillingly.

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