What rhetorical devices are used in Edgar's soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 3 of "King Lear?"

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Edgar provides vivid imagery of how he will look when he reduces his appearance to the "basest" and "poorest." Imagery is describing with the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Below, Edgar offers visual imagery:

My face I’ll grime with filth,
Blanket my loins, elf all my hair in knots
In other words, he will rub dirt into his face, tie a blanket around his middle, and do up his hair in knots.
Edgar also employs the literary device of anaphora , which is to begin successive lines with the same word, in this case "sometime." In describing the...

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