What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Sunrise on the Hills?

What are the poetic devices/figures of speech used in the poem Sunrise on the Hills?

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  1. Metaphor– A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Examples- “heaven’s wide arch” is a metaphor for the sky, “the sun’s returning march” is a metaphor for the sunrise.

    Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “blasted,bare”, “faint and far”, “sudden shot”, “Through thick-leaved”

    Simile A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things. Example- The clouds “shone/ Like hosts in battle overthrown.”

    Imagery– Imagery refers to the elements of a poem that engage a reader’s senses. The poet uses imagery throughout the poem to describe the sunrise and the beauty of nature.

    Oxymoron– It is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear together. Here, “soft gales” is an oxymoron, because gales are strong winds. They cannot be soft.

     

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