What are the poetic devices used in the poem Leisure?

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    1. Irony: The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. For example, “What is this life, if full of care,”
    2. Couplet: A pair of successive lines of verse, typically rhyming and of the same length.
    3. Rhetorical Question: Asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information. For example, “We have no time to stand and stare?”
    4. Alliteration: the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For Example, “stand and stare”, “beneath the boughs”
    5. Repetition: The action of repeating something that has already been said or written. After the first couplet, each couplet begins with the phrase “No time”
    6. Simile: A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid “And stare as long as sheep or cows”
    7. Metaphor: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. For Example, “Streams full of stars” compared with the “skies at night”
    8. Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. “Beauty’s glance.”
    9. Personification: The description of an object or an idea as if it had human characteristics.
    10. Epigram: A brief, interesting, memorable, and sometimes surprising or satirical statement.

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