What literary devices are used in this following speech in Macbeth?  Please give more than three and brief explaination. Thank you.  The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of...

What literary devices are used in this following speech in Macbeth?  Please give more than three and brief explaination. Thank you.

 

The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan(40)
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full
Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,(45)
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances(50)
You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark
To cry, “Hold, hold!”(55)

Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!
Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!
Thy letters have transported me beyond
This ignorant present, and I feel now
The future in the instant

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  • Animal Imagery: "The raven himself is hoarse"
  • Sound Imagery: "That croaks"
  • Death Imagery: "the fatal entrance of Duncan"
  • Foreshadowing: "the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements."
  • Apostrophe: "Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts," AND "Come, thick night,"
  • Bodily Fluids Imagery: "And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood," AND "Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall,"
  • Alliteration: "murdering ministers,"
  • Darkness Imagery: "Come, thick night,"
  • Hell Imagery: "And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,"
  • Knife Imagery: "That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,"
  • Time Imagery: "Thy letters have transported me beyond This ignorant present, and I feel now The future in the instant"
  • Personification: "Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry, “Hold, hold!” AND "You wait on nature's mischief!"
  • Epithets: "Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!"
  • Caesura: "Under my battlements. Come, you spirits"
  • End-stop: "Stop up the access and passage to remorse,"
  • Enjambment:

"hake my fell purpose nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman's breasts,"

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