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What literary device is used in the last verse of "Barbie Doll"?

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Irony is the literary device used in Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll" throughout the poem, and, certainly, in the last verse.

Irony is a literary tool that, unlike sarcasm and satire, is not cruel or biting; instead, it is a device that is subtle, and very effective in its delicacy. Futhermore, in "Barbie Doll," Piercy's subtle use of irony adds force to her poem, providing an extra dimension to her verse. For instance, the upbeat tone of the poem and the lilting rhythms ironically belie the tragic import of its message. 

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