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What figures of speech are used in the poem- "The Frog and the Nightingale" ?

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arushii15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted June 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM via web

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What figures of speech are used in the poem- "The Frog and the Nightingale" ?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 13, 2011 at 4:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The figures of speech (otherwise known as, literary devices or poetic devices) in the poem "The Frog and the Nightingale are as follows:

1. Personification- Personification gives non-human and non-living things the abilities and characteristics typically reserved for humans. The poem is filled with examples of personification.

Other creatures loathed his voice

Only man is capable of loathing. Animals are not able to loath anything. Therefore, this examples personification given the "other animals" are given a human ability- the ability to oath.

Another example of personifiaction from the poem lies in the following lines:

Toads and teals and tiddlers, captured
By her voice, cheered on, enraptured:
“Bravo!” “Too divine!” “Encore!”

Again, the creatures of the bog are given the ability to be captured by the sound of the nightingale's voice. Showing their appreciation, the creatures yell out "Bravo", "Too divine" and "Encore." Animals, while they have the capability to vocalize, they are not able to communicate through human words. This, again, examples the personification used in the poem.

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