Which literary devices have been used in the poem The Spider and the Fly ‘?

Which literary devices have been used in the poem The Spider and the Fly ‘?

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    Following literary devices have been used in the poem, “The Spider and the Fly”:-

    1) Simile:- it is used while comparing two different things using the words “like” or “as”. In the poem, it is used when the fly’s eyes are being compared to a diamond and the spider’s to that of a lead; “Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead.”

    2) Anaphora:- it is seen when a word or a phrase is used at the beginning of every sentence, paragraph or line. For example, “How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!”

    3) Repetition:- it is the repetition of certain phrases for poetic effect. For example, when the fly says “O no,no” or “never, never.”

    4) Alliteration:- it is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. For example, “fiercely held her fast” or “dismal den.”

    5) Assonance:- it is the repetition of similar vowel sounds. For example, in the line “Tis the prettiest little parlour”, the ‘i’ sound is repeated.

    6) Personification:- is the attribution of human characteristics to animals and non-living things. In this poem, the spider is personified to represent the manipulative men who uses false words and trickery to trap innocent and naive women, personified by the fly.

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