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What are the figures of speech that are used in "The Egg and the Machine" by Robert Frost?

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Robert Frost’s poem “The Egg and the Machine” critically examines technology’s harmful impact on nature. In this poem, the speaker rails against the railroad system and its destruction of a turtle’s nest in its path. Frost uses several literary devices to create meaning, including:

Meter and rhyme scheme: The poem is in iambic pentameter with an “aa, bb, cc, dd, …” rhyme scheme that neatly ties couplets or every two lines together. The iambic pentameter creates a sense of marching or impending forward movement. The rhyme scheme supports this sense and recalls two parallel rails of train tracks.

Personification: The approaching train, still yet unseen, wakes up like a slumbering beast in the distance. In response to the speaker’s angry kick of a hard rail, the train replies with “an answering tick/And then another tick.” The speaker’s ire “roused an engine up the road.”

Repetitive and graphic diction: Frost repeats specific words to emphasize the speaker’s...

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