What kind of poetic devices are in "We Are the World"?

Poetic devices used in "We Are the World" include rhyme, alliteration, allusion, repetition, and onomatopoeia. In stanza 1, the second line ends with "call," rhyming with the last word of the sixth line, "all." Another rhyme follows an a-b pattern using the words "all" and "fall." An example of alliteration is "...someone, somewhere soon." There is allusion to the New Testament, sequential repetition of words (well and yeah), and minimal use of words beginning with harsh guttural sounds or letters.

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Poetic devices used in the lyrics of the song "We Are the World" include rhyme scheme although the rhyme pattern is somewhat irregular, alliteration, literary allusion, repetition, and onomatopoeia.

In the first stanza, the rhyme scheme has the second line, which ends with the word "call," rhyming with the sixth line, which ends with the word "all." Further on in the song, there is another rhyme and this one follows an ab rhyming pattern:

When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall

The lyrics also use the poetic device of alliteration. For example, in the second stanza, third line the words "... someone, somewhere soon make a change." The repeated use of the letter s sequentially creates a repetitive pattern that underscores the rhythm of these words. The song also uses alliteration with "greatest gift."

The song also mentions that "God has shown us by turning stones to bread," which is a literary allusion to the New Testament. In Matthew...

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