What are the poetic devices used in the poem Vocation?

What are the poetic devices used in the poem Vocation?

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  1. Following poetic devices/figures of speech have been used in the poem Vocation:

    1. Simile: It is a poetic device involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind. e.g. “the streetlamp stands like a giant with one red eye in its head.” In this line, the streetlamp is compared with giant using like.
    2. Repetition: It is the repetition of certain words and phrases for poetic effect. In the poem, many words and phrases have been repeated. e.g. “when”, “I wish I were a” etc.
    3. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “the gate the gardener digging the ground.”, “He does what he likes with his spade, he soils his clothes”, “nobody takes him to task”.
    4. Onomatopoeia: It is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. e.g. “‘the gong sounds ten”. The word “gong” is formed by the sound associated with it.

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