Figures of Speech

The entire poem is an extended metaphor, the narrator describing his anger as a tree. Throughout the poem he "waters" and "suns" his anger, causing it to grow and bear an "apple." The use of these words creates a picture of his wrath being nurtured and growing as a plant would. 

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe 
beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,


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