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What are some figures of speech in the poem "Farewell Love and all thy Laws for ever"?

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The term "figure of speech" is a very broad one, describing any word or descriptive phrase which is used in a way that is not completely literal, usually in order to create some kind of image or other literary effect. It is almost impossible to find poetry which does not contain many figures of speech. In this poem, for example, the second line establishes a semantic field of fishing, or being hooked, as Wyatt describes the "baited hooks" of love as having previously "tangle[d]" him within them. The imagery here suggests that love tries to tempt us with "bait" but ultimately lures us to our doom.

Later, Wyatt notes that the "repulse" of love metaphorically "pricketh aye so sore"—he is not literally being stabbed by love or rejection in love, but this figure of speech indicates that the emotional pain is as strong as a literal, physical one might be. Wyatt returns to this idea later in the description of the "many brittle darts" of love.

The closing line uses another metaphor , that of...

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