What are the poetic devices in Where the Mind is Without Fear?

What are the poetic devices in Where the Mind is Without Fear?

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  1. Following poetic devices have been used in the poem Where the Mind is Without Fear:

    1. Metaphor: It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. There are various examples of metaphor in this poem. e.g. “narrow domestic walls” refers to various barriers, “clear stream of reason” refers to a mind which is always guided by reason rather than superstitions, “dreary desert” symbolises superstitions.
    2. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g.where the mind is without fear”, “head is held high”, “not been broken”, “striving stretches”, “dreary desert sand of dead habit”.
    3. Symbolism: The poet uses various symbols in the poem. e.g. “depth of truth”, “narrow domestic walls”, “clear stream of reason”, “the dreary desert sand”, “heaven of freedom”.
    4. Visual Imagery: There are various images or symbols which construct mental image of the things. e.g. “domestic walls”, “clear stream of reason”, “the dreary desert sand”, “heaven of freedom” etc.

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