What are the literary devices used in "Passing Breeze" by Rabindranath Tagore?

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Tagore's poem "Passing Breeze" contains the following literary devices:

1. Personification- the giving of human characteristics to non-human/non-living things.

The following line contains personification given that light cannot dance (typically, it is a description given to light, but the fact remains that people dance- not light.

this golden light that dances upon the leaves

2. Metaphor- comparison between two things not using the words "like/as".

The following line compares clouds to boats:

these idol clouds sailing across the sky.

3. Hyperbole- an exaggeration which is not meant to be taken literally.

The following line contains hyperbolic language:

And my heart has touched thy feet.

This is a hyperbole given ones heart cannot touch another's feet, but the image of it projects a specific feeling/thought.