Identify the figures of speech used in "Death, be not proud."

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John Donne uses several brilliant figures of speech in his sonnet "Death, Be Not Proud." The poem begins with an apostrophe, which is the technique of addressing someone not present or an inanimate or abstract object as if it could hear and respond. Donne speaks to Death, adjuring it to stop being proud, because it is not worthy of the dread it produces in people. By speaking to Death, Donne is also using personification, that is, attributing human qualities to something that isn't human.

The poem uses multiple metaphors to...

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