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You Already Know the Two Literary Devices Generally Used by Writers and Poets for Comparison, I.E. Metaphor and Simile. E.G. - English - Communicative

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Answer in Brief

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
following chart.

Reference Metaphor Simile
world all the world's a stage  
men, women    
school-boy    
lover    
soldier    
reputation    
voice    

Which comparison(s) do you find most interesting? Why?

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Solution

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.

Item Metaphor Simile
world all the world’s a stage  
men merely players  
women    
schoolboy whining schoolboy creeping like a snail sighing like a furnace bearded like the pard
lover    
soldier    
reputation bubble reputation  
voice childish voice  
Concept: Writing and Grammar
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CBSE Class 9 English Course Communicative: Literature Reader
Chapter 2.4 The Seven Ages
Exercise | Q 7 | Page 76
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