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What figurative language is used in Frost's "The Pasture?"

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Figurative language is any language that goes beyond the literal. It can add extra meaning or it can be used for emphasis or effect.

Frost uses anastrophe in "The Pasture." Anastrophe is changing the ordinary order of words. In the third line, for example, Frost puts the subject and verb, which in English ordinarily go at the beginning of the sentence, at the end:

wait to watch the water clear, I may

Normally we would say: I may wait to watch the water, but that doesn't have the lilting cadence of Frost's word order.

Frost also uses rhyming couplets in the center of each quatrain to create a pleasing rhythmic effect: "away" and "may," "young" and "tongue."

In the last line of each...

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