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

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

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    1. Anastrophe: The syntactic reversal of the normal order of the words and phrases in a sentence. As in the line ‘my grief a proud man heard’ the proper syntax should have been ‘A proud man heard my grief’.
    2. Alliteration: A poetic device that uses the same letter sound at the start of adjacent or closely connected words in a sentence. The first eight lines show the instance with such words as ‘distressed’, ‘proud’,’ heard’, ‘cold’, ‘gold’, where there is the internal Alliteration /d/ sounds.
    3. Aphorism: A statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. For example, “Oh! Gold is great. But greater far Is heavenly sympathy!”
    4. Juxtaposition: It means placing two things side by side so as to highlight their differences. For example, “night and day”
    5. Rhetorical Question: It is asked when the speaker already knows the answer and is not expecting or needing any information from the listener. For example, “For all he did to me?”

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