Hamlet Act 1 Literary Devices

“In the most high and palmy state of Rome,A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted deadDid squeak and gibber in the Roman streets.” allusion
“with us to watch.””Therefore I have entreated him along,With us to watch the minutes of this night.” alliteration
“And let us once again assail your ears” consonance
“This bodes some strange eruption to our state.” imagery
“Doth make the night joint laborer with the day?” metaphor
“Hath in the skirts of Norway here and there” metaphor
“Sharked up a list of lawless resolutes” metaphor
“But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill.” personification
“Let me not think on’t—Frailty, thy name is woman!”…she follow’d my poor father’s bodyLike Niobe, all tears.” allusion
“Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s deathThat we with wisest sorrow think on him.” alliteration
“Frailty, thy name is woman!—” apostrophe (calling out to a dead person or abstract idea)
“My father’s spirit—in arms! All is not well,I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come!” aside
“Therefore our sometimes sister” consonance
“Though yet of Hamlet our late brother’s deathThe memory be green” contradiction
“How is it that the clouds still hang on you?”, he says, “I am too much in the sun.” pun
“My father’s spirit—in arms! All is not well” foreshadow
“Tis an unweeded gardenThat grows to seed. metaphor
“with mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage” oxymoron
Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt,Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew” synecdoche
“Too oft before their buttons be disclos’d” (40)”Where of he is the head. Then if he says he lovesIt fits your wisdom so far to believe it.” alliteration of b and h
“Be wary then, best safety lies in fear:Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.” heroic couplet
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” metonymy (a word for a thing with which it is generally associated)
“Give thy thoughts no tonguenor way unproportional thoughts his act.” personification
Show me the steep and thorny way to heavenWhiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine simile
Remember thee! anadiplosis

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