A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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What are some literary devices used in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Act I, scene i, lines 198-205?

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Different editions of Shakespeare’s plays often offer different accountings of the plays’ line numberings (especially if prose passages are involved).  Therefore, when asking about a specific passage, it’s helpful to give the first and last lines of the passage in which you’re interested.  Lines 198-205 in the Open Source Shakespeare, for instance, include the following lines:

Hermia. God speed fair Helena! whither away?

Helena. Call you me fair? that fair again unsay.

Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair! 190

Your eyes are lode-stars; and your tongue's sweet air

More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,

When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.

Sickness is catching: O, were favour so,

Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go; 195

My ear should catch your voice, my eye your eye,

My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.

Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated,

The rest I'd give to be to you translated.

O, teach me how you look, and with what art 200

You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart.

Hermia. I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.

Helena. O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!

Hermia. I give him curses, yet he gives me love.

Helena. O that my prayers could such affection move! 205

Hermia. The more I hate, the more he follows me.

Helena. The more I love, the more he hateth me.

Hermia. His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.

Helena. None, but your beauty: would that fault were mine!

This passage employs a number of literary devices. Rhyme , for instance,...

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