posted by Jamie on .
I'm not great at identifying some of these figures of speech for English Please check my answers or offer suggestions
1."As flies to the wanton boys are we to the gods: they kill us for sport" Shakespeare for King Lear
Is this a simile, metaphor, personification, hyberbole, litotes, none of the above-I think this is a simile but then again I think it is an analogy but that isn't a choice
2. "And here we are as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
Where ignorant armies clash by night
By Matthew Arnol in Dover Beach
Choices were simile, metaphor, personification, analogy, litotes, none
Would this be personifcation-compare we to a darling plain?
Yes, 1 is a simile.
2 is not a personification because it's not giving an object human qualities.
Isn't it comparing the plains to the world swept with alarms of struggle and flight that the world suffers in number 2
Do you have any suggestions what it might be? or is it a simile?
Similies use the words like or as
Metaphors don't use the words like or as
Yes, 2 is also a simile.
Could # 2 be an analogy-comparing one thing of two unseemingly related things-the world to the darkling plain?
I just thtought of that as a possibility