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    please help

    What is the term called when a poet refers to a body part rather than the person as a whole? please can anyone help?

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    Re: please help

    I'm not sure about what you are looking for : a part standing for the whole reminds me of an old rhetorical means called metonymy : A brain for a clever man, A mast for a ship.
    I hope it'll help you.
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    Re: please help

    I think the term is Synecdoche, as a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing.

    I hope this helps

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    Re: please help

    that's right. This is a synecdoche(s) which is a particular kind of metonymy( the part for the whole).
    The admiral commanded a fleet of a hundred sails.. advise you to be careful when handling those rhetorical notions :e.g;
    To have guts to carry all hearts are not synecdoches but mere metonymies .

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