What are the poetic devices used in "I think continually of those who were truly great" by Stephen Spender?

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 "I think continually of those who were truly great" by Stephen Spender uses stanzaic form, with the first stanza consisting of eight lines, the second of seven lines, and the third of eight lines. It is written in free verse with no regular metrical pattern. The poem does not use end rhyme. Although it occasionally uses alliteration, as in the phrase "bodies like blossoms", the use of sound devices is limited. Instead, the tone of the poem is almost conversational, albeit using elevated vocabulary.

The poem makes extended use of parallelism, and extended similes and metaphors. The descriptions of greatness verge on hyperbolic, and gain power by means of repetition. To create an impression of grandeur, many of his terms of comparison or description use geological and astronomical imagery to suggest greatness beyond the ordinary scope of mundane human affairs. 

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