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

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

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    1. Simile: the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.

    The coat of the horse is not shining like silk”. The figure of speech used here is a simile, “like silk”. Comparing the coat of the horse with silk doesn’t literally mean the coat is silk. 2. Metaphor: a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. “If the cobra eats her sons”. The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. Cobra eating the bear’s sons literally doesn’t mean the cobra is actually looking for the bear’s sons but any animals which are small in size and not very intelligent to escape from their enemies. “If the panther has a wife who chews his ears”. The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. ‘Chews his ears’ doesn’t literally mean the panther is chewing the ears of another panther but it means that the panther is a troublesome panther or a panther who seems sick in some way. “If the crocodile turns cannibal”. The figure of the speech used here is a metaphor. The crocodile literally doesn’t turn into a cannibal but it acquires the nature of a cannibal i.e., eating humans. “The omniscient, the vet”. The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. Omniscient means, someone who is supposed to know everything. The vet might not know everything but is decided by the world as an omniscient who knows everything about every animal. “Don’t attempt to attend the zoological crowd”. The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. ‘Zoological crowd’ doesn’t literally mean anything that’s in the zoo but anything that is not human, but any animal living outside and inside the zoo. “The omniscient, the vet.” The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. Omniscient means, someone who is supposed to know everything. The vet might not know everything but is decided by the world as an omniscient who knows everything about every animal. “Don’t attempt to attend the zoological crowd.” The figure of speech used here is a metaphor. ‘Zoological crowd’ doesn’t literally mean anything that’s in the zoo but anything that is not human, but any animal living outside and inside the zoo.     3. Hyperbole: exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. “If the bear’s too full of buns”. The figure of speech used here is hyperbole. ‘Full of buns’ doesn’t literally mean the bear has buns all over its body. It means the bear is attacked by some disease that produces lumps in its body.   4. Personification: the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. “If hyenas will not laugh at keeper’s jokes”. The figure of speech used here is personification. The hyenas literally don’t laugh. They seem to like having a smiling face. ‘Smiling’ is a human trait. Here it means that there is some problem with the hyena’s health.   Vet Poem Summary

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