I am trying to analyse my own written poem for the novel Macbeth and i have a sentence where it says " her mind wanted to constantly weep " what kind of poetic device would that be ? Since your mind cannot actuually weep..
Linds, judging by the reason you give in your comment, the poetic device name you are looking for, where something said has meaning that cannot be literally true, i.e. cannot actually be true as written, is 'metaphor'.
Depending on its context in the poem, or in your analysis if that's where it appears, the sentence you quote might also be an example of several other kinds of literary device:
'hyperbole', which means exaggeration to make a point. "her mind wanted to constantly weep"
'synecdoche', which means referring to a part of something to mean the whole, as when someone says "all hands on deck" when what is meant is all sailors on deck. Your sentence may be using "her mind" to refer to the woman herself.
'personification', which means referring to a thing ("her mind") as if it was a person.
You can, I believe, call a literary device a poetic device if it occurs in a poem.
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Errant post, sorry.
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