In Dana Gioia, what figures of speech can you identify in,"money".

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In his poem "Money," Dana Gioia uses a series of cliches and idioms that are part of American vernacular and slang:

...the long green,
cash, stash, rhino, jack
or just plain dough.

He uses anaphora (repeated beginnings of phrases):

To be made of it! To have it to burn!

He also uses much visual imagery:

burn holes through pockets

AND

It greases the palm, feathers a nest,
holds heads above water,

He uses personification, giving money human qualities:

Money...
...it talks.

He uses verbal irony to show a paradox:

You don't know where it's been,
but you put it where your mouth is.

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