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

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

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    • Assonance: Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line, such as the sound of /e/ in “And ever with your prey still catch your praise” and the sound of /o/ in “Nor yet a sweet Consort from broken strings.”

    • Anaphora: It refers to the repetition of a word or expression in the first part of some verses. Anne Bradstreet repeated the word “nor” in the third stanza of the poem to emphasize the point, such as; “Nor yet a sweet Consort from broken strings,/ Nor perfect beauty where’s a main defect.”

    • Enjambment: It is defined as a thought in verse that does not come to an end at a line break; rather, it rolls over to the next line. For example; “But when my wond’ring eyes and envious heart/ Great Bartas’ sugar’d lines do but read o’er,/ Fool, I do grudge the Muses did not part/ ‘Twixt him and me that over-fluent store.”

    • Imagery: Imagery is used to make readers perceive things involving their five senses. The writer has used imagery in this poem, such as; “From School-boy’s tongue no Rhet’ric we expect,”, “Nor can I, like that fluent sweet-tongued Greek” and “A full requital of his striving pain.”

    • Rhetorical Question: Rhetorical question is a question that is not asked to receive an answer; it is just posed to make the point clear. The writer has posed a rhetorical question in the sixth stanza of the poem to emphasize her point, such as “And poesy made Calliope’s own child?”

    • Symbolism: Symbolism is using symbols to signify ideas and qualities, giving them symbolic meanings that are different from the literal meanings. “The poem shows symbols such as praise, complaint, pain, negligence, and chance.

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