You already know the two literary devices generally used by writers and poets for
comparison, i.e. metaphor and simile. e.g.
a) He was a lion in the battle, (metaphor)
b) He fought like a lion, (simile)
In (a) the writer talks of the soldier in terms of a lion. The comparison is implied. In (b) the
writer compares the soldier to a lion with the use of the word like, (as may also be used
for such comparisons.)
Read the poem again and note down the metaphors and similes. Complete the
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Which comparison(s) do you find most interesting? Why?
The metaphor of‘stage’ is quite interesting. Men and women are merely players. The simile describing the lover sighing like a furnace is quite apt and logical. So is the metaphor ‘bubble reputation’. It shows the transitory nature of honour or reputation the soldier is seeking. The metaphor ‘childish treble’ highlights the high-pitched sounds created when the ‘old pantaloon’ speaks.
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