What are the poetic devices used in the poem Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers?

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  1. Following literary devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers:

    1. Metaphor: It is a literary device which is used to make a comparison between two things that aren’t alike but do have something in common. e.g. “Bright topaz denizens” (tigers are compared with Bright topaz because of their elegant colour).
    2. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “finger fluttering”, “prancing, proud”.
    3. Symbolism: It is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. e.g. “Bright topaz denizens” represents tigers’ elegant colours, “massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band” represent male domination, “tigers” represent her hidden desires.
    4. Personification: It is the attribution of human characteristics to animals and non-human things. e.g. “chivalric” is a word which was used for knights in medieval times. But here, it is used for the tigers.
    5. Hyperbole: It is an exaggerated statement. e.g. “massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.” The weight of wedding band cannot be heavy. But it symbolises mental trauma of marriage.
    6. Transferred Epithet: It is a poetic device in which adjective is transferred from the noun it is meant to describe to another noun in the sentence. e.g. “terrified hands” refer to Aunt Jennifer who herself is terrified.
    7. Enjambment: It is the continuation of a sentence or clause across a line break. e.g. “The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.”

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