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What are the poetic devices used in “The Voice of the Rain” by Walt Whitman?

What are the poetic devices used in “The Voice of the Rain” by Walt Whitman?

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  1. Following are the main literary/poetic devices used in the poem “The Voice of the Rain” by Walt Whitman.

    1. Personification :- Rain is personified in the whole poem. The rain talks to the poet like a human. Here are some dialogues by the rain – “I am the Poem of Earth”, “I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe”, “I give back life to my own origin, and make pure and beautify it;” etc.

    2. Metaphor – The poet uses a lot of metaphors in the poem e.g. “I am the Poem of Earth”, “the voice of the rain” etc.

    3. Alliteration – “(s)aid I to the (s)oft-falling (s)hower”, “(w)hence, (v)aguely form’d” etc.

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