What are the figures of speech used in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

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Frost uses anaphora in this poem. In this literary device, the first word or words of a line are repeated in consecutive lines. Frost does this twice, in both cases repeating the word "and":

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
This describes personified nature's "work" of damaging the wall.
Later, Frost's speaker states,
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
The anaphora in the first two lines is paralleled in the second two lines: whereas the first two focus on nature's damage, the second two focus on the men's preparation to repair the damage.
The poem uses metaphor, a comparison not using the words like or as, when it compares the rocks to loaves and balls. This is also a use of imagery, description using any of the five sense of sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell. We can visualize some of the rocks looking long and humped, like loaves of bread, and some entirely rounded.
Imagery occurs in the phrase "two...

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