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Can someone PLEASE explain what this poem means?

I just read this poem, and I really don't understand it, will someone be willing to explain it? Also, what are some of the poetic devices in this poem?

Coup de Grace

Just at the moment the Wolf,

Shag jaws and slavering grin

Steps from the property wood,

Oh, what a gorge, what a gulf

Opens to gobble her in.

Little Red Riding Hood!

O, what a face full of fangs!

Eyes like saucers at least

Roll on seduce and beguile.

Miss, with her dimples and bangs,

Thinks him a handsome beast;

Flashes the Riding hood smile;

Stands her ground like a queen,

Velvet red of the rose

Framing each little milk tooth

Pink tongue peeping between.

Then, wider than anyone knows,

Opens her minikin mouth

Swallows up Wolf in a trice;

Tail going down gives a flick,

Caught as she closes her jaws.

Bows, all sugar and spice.

O, what a ladylike trick!

O, what a round pf applause!

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    Just at the moment the Wolf,

    Shag jaws and slavering grin

    Steps from the property wood,

    -The wolf emerges from the woods-

    Oh, what a gorge, what a gulf

    Opens to gobble her in.

    Little Red Riding Hood!

    -The wolf's mouth is being described as a large chasm, a gorge or gulf-

    O, what a face full of fangs!

    Eyes like saucers at least

    -He has big eyes and lots of teeth-

    Roll on seduce and beguile.

    Miss, with her dimples and bangs,

    Thinks him a handsome beast;

    Flashes the Riding hood smile;

    -Little Red Riding Hood looks at the wolf and smiles-

    Stands her ground like a queen,

    -She is not afraid-

    Velvet red of the rose

    Framing each little milk tooth

    Pink tongue peeping between.

    -This is describing what Red Riding Hood looks like-

    Then, wider than anyone knows,

    Opens her minikin mouth

    -She opens her mouth-

    Swallows up Wolf in a trice;

    Tail going down gives a flick,

    -She eats the wolf-

    Caught as she closes her jaws.

    Bows, all sugar and spice.

    O, what a ladylike trick!

    O, what a round pf applause!

    -She closes her mouth and bows-

    <example of rhyme scheme>

    Just at the moment the Wolf,(1)

    Shag jaws and slavering grin(2)

    Steps from the property wood,(3)

    Oh, what a gorge, what a gulf(1)

    Opens to gobble her in.(2)

    Little Red Riding Hood!(3)

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