Metaphor Essays

Metaphors in the Play _as you Like It_

In his play, “As You Like It,” and generally in all his writing William Shakespeare uses a lot of metaphors. In, “As You Like It,” he has Rosalind who is disguised as boy named Ganymede use an interesting metaphor that explores the relationship between the consumption of time and the movement of a horse based on mood or pleasure. In my opinion the only reason that Rosalind ever uses the metaphor is to try to convince Orlando, the man she…

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Margaret Atwood’s the Handmaid’s Tale

Figurative language was used by Margaret Atwood, through the persona of Offred, to illustrate The Handmaid’s Tale. Figurative Language consists of similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, hyperbole and idioms. First, figurative language can be used to describe different settings. 1. Offred’s experience at night in her bedroom “The heat at night is worse than the heat in daytime. Even with the fan on, nothing moves, and the walls store up warmth, give it out like a used oven. Surely it…

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Lanark_ Prose Commentary

This extract from Lanark ,written by Alasdair Gray, is a highly evocative piece of narrative prose. Set within a church in Lenzies, Glasgow, the excerpt illustrates the loss of love and theloss of self-belief which are inextricably intertwined for the character Duncan Thaw. Writtenin a post-modern style, it is also representative of the subjectivity of perception and its abilityto change with the passage of time. Duncan is forced to reflect upon his experiences as he isvisited by haunting representations of…

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Oedipus the King Metaphors

“«Light versus Darkness Knowledge is characterized as a burst of light which contrasts the darkness of ignorance. At the beginning of the play, and towards the fourth episode, we notice the “darkness”, the lack of knowledge that Oedipus has toward mostly everything that is surrounding him. When Oedipus learns the truth, it “bursts” into light. The metaphor of light represents truth and knowledge. “«Sight versus Blindness A reference to this metaphor occurs early in the play, when Oedipus falsely accuses…

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The Phrase _carpe Diem_

The phrase “carpe diem” is a powerful Latin phrase, that when translated into English means “seize the day.” Themes of “carpe diem” were predominant in seventeenth century poetry, and this can be seen in the two poems, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” by Robert Herrick and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell. Robert Herrick’s, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” is a popular poem in British literature, that professes a common universal moral. The first…

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Compare and Contrast Two Poems_ Welsh Landscape and East Moors

“Welsh Landscape” is written by R.S Thomas. He was a Welsh traditionalist born in 1913 and he died in 2000. He has strong views and lives in the past thinking of Wales of having no present or future. The poem consists of just one stanza. The main theme of this poem is war imagery, the words that suggest this are “ambush”, “spilled blood”, “wild”, “strife”, “strung”, “sped arrows”, “cries”, “fields”, “corners” and “carcass”. He describes Wales to have “spilled blood”…

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Enhlish Critical Lens

According to Patrick Ness, “It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up again”. In other words, life is full of obstacles and hardships. But what is most important is to persevere, and I defiantly agree with this statement. Two literary works that support this statement are “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. In the poem “Mother to Son”, the speaker admits that her life has been difficult, but…

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All That Glitters Is not Gold

Glasses breaking, voices shrieking, papers flying; Abigail huddled up in fear. ‘’You’ll die if you leave, don’t leave else you’ll die; be warned,” these were the words reverberating in the ears of Abby; as her peers call her. ‘’Oh! Not again; not this time. Leave me alone. Please,” she communicated to the voice through her thoughts but the voice kept on replying, ‘’Never, never. Your heart is here, you belong here.” Abigail’s mind was filled with reminiscences of the times…

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A Patch of Old Snow

Few people make mistakes and fix them, most people make mistakes, don’t fix them, neglect them, and later end up feeling remorse about the situation. In the poem “A Patch of Old Snow” by Robert Frost a man is reminded of a past situation, which he has failed to reminisce about for a long time. The man notices a patch of old snow in the corner of the room, which later turns out to be a dirty piece of paper….

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How I Learned to Sweep by Julia Alvarez

1. In which form is the poem written (for example, is it a sonnet? Free verse? Lyric poem This poem was written in 1996 in a conventional style form. The poem has 39 lines. 2. What is the setting and social context of the poem? The setting and social context of this poem is in America in the mid 90’s when the war in the Far East was going on as it is stated in the poem. It takes place…

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Two Additional Poems

For your third Individual Project, you will be writing an essay of 1,000 words or more about two additional poems from the assigned reading list. Please select two works from the list of fifteen—excluding the one you already reflected on in Part A of the Phase 3 DB assignment—and answer the questions below. Again, be sure to begin your paper with an engaging introduction and clear thesis statement, develop each point in the body of your paper using examples and…

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He’s a Live Wire, Metaphor and Poetry

The use of metaphor in poetry is one of the most important aspects of poetic style that must be mastered. Metaphor can be described as figure of speech in which a thing is referred to as being something that it resembles. From the perspectives of construction, poetic and cognitive function and working mechanism, where metaphor is constructed from human perceptual experience and is extended through imaginative processes. An important feature of cognitive stylistics has been its interest in the way…

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_my Papa’s Waltz_ by Theodore Roethke

“My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, is an intriguing poem about a memory of a boy and his father waltzing around the house. The ambiguity in this poem can lead to two very different interpretations. It can be seen as a child terrorized by an abusive father or a child having a playful romp with his father before bedtime. In this poem, Roethke uses metaphors, similes, imagery, and structure to make a strong impression on the reader. In the beginning,…

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A Study of Reading Habits

The theme of journeys is present in Philip Larkin’s poem, A Study of Reading Habits. However, it is not a physical journey that we see, but a metaphorical journey about the speaker’s life progression through his changing escapisms created by books. The title is a mock, serious title for it sounds like a piece of academic research Larkin uses first person persona to give expression to things he would prefer not to have attributed to himself. The structure of the…

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How Does the Story Encourage the Reader to Admire Scheherazade_

The author in the story uses many linguistic devices such as metaphor, superlatives, similes and strong adjectives to encourage the reader to admire Scheherazade. The author uses superlatives to set up the story such as he describes Scheherazade’s beauty “Excelled that of any girl in the Kingdom of Persia. This gives the story a background of extreme power and amazing people; an exotic world with a powerful romantic appeal. Scheherazade’s character has described well in a sentence. Her description has…

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