What are the significant rhetorical figures used in "To Penshurst" and what are the uses for such? What do they mean and imply?I want to know what rhetorical figures eg. metaphors,...

What are the significant rhetorical figures used in "To Penshurst" and what are the uses for such? What do they mean and imply?

I want to know what rhetorical figures eg. metaphors, allusions etc help enhance this poem. Why are rhetorical figures used in poetry or even in literature? What effect does it provide?

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The first rhetorical trope used in this poem is personification. The narrator directly addresses Penshurst. This heightens the importance of the estate, suggesting it has an identity and animating spirit. The second rhetorical technique is repeated classical allusions. This continues the process of heightening the importance of Penshurst, this time through linking it to mythic gods and forces. Repetition and assonance are used, to enhance the rhythm and sound of the poem. Finally, heightened diction (speaking in an elevated, archaic, and complicated fashion) formalizes the piece, marking it as poetry.

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