Posted by Jamie on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 4:48pm.
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?
English Lit - Ms. Sue, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 4:52pm
Yes, 1 is a simile.
2 is not a personification because it's not giving an object human qualities.
English Lit-Please recheck - Jamie, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:20pm
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?
English Lit - Chase, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:21pm
Similies use the words like or as
English Lit - Chase, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:22pm
Metaphors don't use the words like or as
English Lit - Ms. Sue, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:25pm
Yes, 2 is also a simile.
English Lit-Please recheck - Jamie, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:06pm
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
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