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What are the poetic devices used in the poem The Brook?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem The Brook?

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    • Personification– Personification is a figure of speech in which an idea or thing is given human attributes and/or feelings or is spoken of as if it were human. The brook is personified as a person in this poem.
    • Repetition- It is the repetition of a word or a phrase in the poem for poetic effect. Examples- “To join the brimming river, / For men may come and men may go, / But I go on for ever”, “And here and there”
    • Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “suddensally”, “hills I hurry”, “twenty thorpes”, “half a hundred”, “men may”, “field and fallow”, “fairy foreland”, “With willow-weed”, “foamy flake”, “golden gravel”, “skimming swallows”, “sandy shallows”
    • Imagery– Imagery refers to the elements of a poem that engage a reader’s senses. The poet uses imagery throughout the poem to describe the places that the brook flows through and the things it sees.
    • Enjambment– It is the continuation of a sentence to multiple lines. Many of the sentences in this poem span multiple lines and are therefore of this nature.
    • Onomatopoeia– It is the use of sounds for literary effect. Examples- “I chatter over stony ways, / In little sharps and trebles, / I bubble into eddying bays, / I babble on the pebbles”, “I chatter, chatter, as I flow”, “I murmur under moon and stars”

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