What are the various figures of speech used in Rabindranath Tagore's poem "Govinda's Disciple"?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one can examine the imagery used to describe the bangles the first time the guru examines them when given by the student.  An example of personification could be seen when the diamonds "darted shafts of light."  The implication here is that the diamonds have come to life, reflecting the severe love the student holds for the bangles, almost to value them more than anything else.  The personification reflects how things, according to the student, hold value and meaning.  They seem to hold their own meaning, being their own agent of action, above all else.  This might be why the very next line reflects the loss of this, when Tagore writes that "it slipped from his hand and rolled down the bank."  Again, personification might be present in describing the student's love for the object.  In these figures of speech, the idea of the object holding value is something that brings out how the student viewed the objct, explaining why he was destined to lose it.

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