What literary devices does Robert Frost use in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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Frost uses imagery, which is description involving the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, to put us at the scene. His focus is on sight and sound.

As for sight, he locates us with the traveler "between the woods and frozen lake" on a dark night far from any farmhouse. We can see the white snow falling against a black night in this spot just as the narrator does. Frost also conveys sound: both the shake of the horse's harness bell, and

the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
In other words, it is largely silent.
"Downy flake" is a metaphor, a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." Here, the snow is being compared to down: the soft, small feathers of a young bird. We can visualize the big white flakes falling, the kind of snow that forms...

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