What are the literary devices in Robert Frost's "The Cow in Apple Time"?

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Robert Frost makes strong use of imagery in the description of a cow that avails herself of apples that have ripened and fallen to the ground. The speaker observes that she has eaten the apples so wantonly that "her face is flecked with pomace," meaning that apple pulp has ended up all over her head. He says that her drool has become a "cider syrup," indicating that her saliva has become thick and dark because of all the fruit she has eaten.

Frost also employs personification in the speaker's description of the cow. He ascribes human emotions to her, imagining that she "scorns a pasture" as she refuses to eat the grass that will enable her to produce milk; instead, she bursts through gates and over walls to get to the apples that she craves. Moreover, she is able to "think" that "wall-builders" are "fools."

Another literary device that Frost utilizes is alliteration with the repeated initial consonant "s" in lines six and eight and "t" in line seven.

The use of enjambment in lines 1, 4, and 5...

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