What are the poetic devices used in the poem Fear No More?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Fear No More?

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  1. Following literary devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Fear No More:

    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. “heat of sun” and “furious winter rages” symbolise extremes of life (troubles and sorrows), “dust” refers to grave, “reed” refers to weak and “oak” refers to strong.
    2. Personification: It is the attribution of human characteristics to non human things. e.g. “furious winter rages“. The phrase means extreme cold.
    3. Repetition: It is the repetition of words or phrases in the poem for poetic effect. e.g. “fear no more” and “care no more” have been repeated several times in the poem.
    4. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. thou thy worldly task”, “care no more to clothe”,  “To thee the reed is as the oak”, “Fear not slander, censure rash”, “Consign to thee, and come to dust”.
    5. Transferred Epithet: It is a literary device in which an adjective is used to describe one thing transferred to another. e.g. “tyrant’s stroke” refers to the cruelty of the ruler.

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