King Lear

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Lear’s Curse: Act 1, Scene 4

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Shortly after Albany enters in on the argument between Lear and Goneril, Lear pronounces a curse on his daughter. He exclaims:

Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear!
Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend
To make this creature fruitful!
Into her womb convey sterility!
Dry up in her the organs of increase;
And from her derogate body never spring
A babe to honour her! If she must teem,
Create her child of spleen; that it may live,
And be a thwart disnatured torment to her!
Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth;
With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks;
Turn all her mother's pains and benefits
To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

Which of the following literary devices does Lear’s curse contain?

Select ALL that apply.

A

Euphemism.

B

Apostrophe.

C

Personification.

D

Irony.

E

Metaphor.