Metaphor, Simile and Imagery in Poetry


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Metaphor, Simile and Imagery in Poetry
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 uses metaphor to convey or flesh out the sonnet’s meaning. The poem’s seventh line (Shakespeare, 2010) compares love to “the star to every wandering bark.” The metaphor provides a full understanding of what love means to a man of Shakespeare’s disposition. A bark is a kind of small boat. A “wandering bark” is a boat with no destination. What is more, a wandering bark is a boat on which the traveler has no foundation, for he is only floating on water. With nowhere to go and no solid foundation in life, the star of love acts as a means to stop wandering, stop wasting time in a groundless life, and find a final spot where the sea person can finally put down roots. Without...
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.....d the writer describes reader’s body to thing in nature like “
, cedars, and lilies.” There is no doubt about the way the writer is infatuated sexually with the reader, in a poetically built environment wrought with sex and desire. It is beautiful to make the atmosphere do work in indirect images, rather than description, to convey the weight of feeling in the writer.
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