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"The Outlaws" is included in a collection of Sinclair Ross' short stories named The Lamp at Noon and Other Short Stories. This appears as the second title in the text. This text does include poetic devices.
Ross, through his narrator, uses image-ridden language to describe the speaker. The speaker (narrator) possesses "butterfingers" when it comes to playing ball and turned "tail" and ran when challenged with a fight. Ross' text is eloquent and the language is elevated (illustrating the musical quality of the text and the voice of the narrator, choosing words like "verve," "ignonimy," "imperious," and "linquencies." The narrator describes his future as "rosy and bright," adding image to language.
One explicit use of a poetic device is found when Millie describes Isabel (the horse) as "a picture." Given the comparison includes the use of the word "like," this is a simile. Another appears when the narrator describes the injury to his ears. Here, he describes them as purple, swelling, and dripping.
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