What are the poetic devices used in the poem Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Teacher?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Teacher?

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    1. Antithesis– This poetic device pairs opposite or contrasting ideas adjacent to each other. Examples- “for every scoundrel there is a hero”, “for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader”, “for every enemy there is a friend”
    2. Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. Throughout this poem, the phrase “Teach him” is repeatedly used to emphasize Lincoln’s instructions to his son’s teacher.
    3. Metaphor– A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Here, the phrase “the test of fire makes fine steel” is a metaphor to explain how strict training makes someone a fine man.
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