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What are the poetic devices used in the poem The Height of the Ridiculous?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem The Height of the Ridiculous?

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    • Tautology– use of different words to state the same thing. In wondrous merry mood- Here, the words wondrous and merry mean the same thing. And saw him peep within- The words saw and peep means the same thing.
    • Repetition– Words or phrases are repeated for poetic effect. They were so queer, so very queer- Here, The word ‘queer’ is repeated two times for poetic effect.
    • Inversion– The normal order of words is reversed, in order to achieve a particular effect of emphasis or meter. A sober man am I- Use of inversion for emphasis.
    • Alliteration– Use of the same sound at the start of two words which are close in series. The grin grew broad- The sound of  ‘g’ is repeated twice for poetic effect.
    • Hyperbole– A literary device used as exaggeration for a poetic effect. And shot from ear to ear- The wideness of the grin is exaggerated to show that servant found the poem to funny.
    • Onomatopoeia– A word that describes a sound. He broke into a roar- the word roar denotes the sound of laughter.
    • Transferred Epithet– A literary device that describes a person, place or object by accompanying it with an adjective. Ten days and nights with sleepless eye- the eye has not been said to be sleepless. The adjective or the modifier ‘sleepless’ describes the type of eye the speaker has been experiencing.

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