What are the phrases ‘labouring swain,’ ‘sheltered cot,’ and ‘mirthful band’ examples of?

What are the phrases "labouring swain," "sheltered cot," and "mirthful band" examples of? personification simile poetic diction heroic couplet


The phrases are examples of poetic diction. 
It is poetic diction
"Smiling spring" is an example of personification, as you are attributing a human characteristic to something nonhuman.

A) Personification.

Explanation: personification is a figure of speech that consists in giving human characteristics to nonhuman objects, or also describing an abstract concept using human features, as many figures of speech, it is used to create an image in the reader's mind. The given expression "smiling spring" is a clear example of personification because it is giving a human characteristic (the ability to smile) to a nonhuman thing (spring).

An example of personification for The Fall of The House of Usher is: "empty eye-like windows".


In literature, when we speak of personification we refer to objects, animals or ideas to which human characteristics have been attributed.

These objects or animals give the reader the feeling of acting like a person.

Let's see a quote from the text:

"There, I could see reflected in the water a clear picture of the dead trees, and of the house and its empty eye-like windows. "

As we can see, empty eye-like windows is a human attribute, which is given to an object.

Personification: Gives a human characteristic to object, inanimate things or animals.

In the story "The Fall of the house of Usher"

"the house and its empty eye-like windows.."

"It was a sickly, unhealthy air that I could see,

slow-moving, heavy, and gray"...

In The Deserted Village, "Poetry's walking to the sea" is an example of personification.


Personification alludes to the act of joining human qualities and attributes with inanimate things and animals.

The answer is heroic couplet. In The Deserted Village, Poetry's walking to the sea is an example of a heroic couplet.
A heroic couplet is a traditional form for English poetry which is commonly used in epic and narrative poetry. It is composed  of a rhyming pair of lines in iambic pentameter. 

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