Definitions of Poetic Devices

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A self test on devices of poetry

Identify the poetical devices in these examples:
(There may be more than one in each)

1. "like a rocket shot to a ship ashore/ the lean red bolt of his body tore" ................

2. "Arabia will not sweeten this little hand" .......................

3. "If anything might rouse him now/ the kind old sun will know" ....................

4. "the road was a ribbon of moonlight, looping the purple moor" ...................

5. "having a glass of blessings standing by." .......................

6. "grass ...... following wind-worried" ......................

7. "they were bright bubbles bursting from the trees" ....................

8. "the murmuring of innumerable bees" .......................

9. "lightening his load of links with pant and puff" .......................

10. "Tonight it doth inherit the vasty Hall of Death" .......................

11. "faint of ghosts of ghosts, the dreams of ghostly eyes" .....................

12. "leaves hung like dumb tongues that loll and gasp for air" .......................

13. "Thou art my life, my love, my heart/ The very eyes of me" ......................

14. "Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky" ......................

15. "By his dead smile, I knew we stood in Hell" ......................

16. "the cockatoo ..the wise, harsh bird, as old and wise as Time" .......................

17. "the curious bird, his cynic eyes half closed" ......................

18. "Hail to thee bright spirit/ Bird thou never wert!" .......................

19. "The evil that men do lives after them The good is oft interred with their bones." .......................

20. "Where are the songs of Spring? Ay where are they?" ......................

G. Smith 1998

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