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What figure of speech is used in All the World’s a Stage?

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  1. Following poetic devices/literary devices have been used in the poem All the World’s a Stage:

    1. Simile- A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things. Examples- “creeping like snail”, “Sighing like furnace”, “bearded like the pard”
    2. Metaphor- A metaphor directly refers to one thing by mentioning another. Examples- “All the world’s a stage”, “all the men and women merely players”
    3. Alliteration- It is the occurrence of the same sound at the beginning of closely connected words. Examples- “his shrunk shank”, “quick in quarrel”
    4. Symbolism– Symbolism is using symbols to signify ideas and qualities. Here, “stage” is used as a symbol for the world, “players” is the symbol for men and women, and “acts” symbolises ages.

    Short Summary of the Poem All the World’s a Stage

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