A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

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What are the literary devices in "A Red, Red, Rose" by Robert Burns? I am writing an explication of the poem and I can't find any literary devices.

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One literary device Burns makes heavy use of in this poem is anaphora. Anaphora occurs when the words at the beginning of a line are repeated. In "A Red, Red Rose," this happens, for example, in the first and third lines when the speaker says:

O my Luve's like ...

O my Luve's like ...

He then likens his love to both a rose and a melody. Anaphora occurs again when the speaker repeats:

Till a' the seas gang dry

All the "ands" that begin lines are also examples of anaphora, and you will find more instances of anaphora as you examine the poem. Anaphora creates a sense of rhythm and emphasis.

The speaker also uses the literary device of apostrophe , which is to directly address an...

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Robert Burns also uses some hyperbole's such as when he mentions how he will love the mistress until all the seas go dry and how he would go to her even if there were ten miles inbetween them. The purpose of these are to show that the speaker would go as far as would for this girl and how his love for her is everlasting.

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