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Please can anyone help me understand how metaphor is being used in the poem, "Tableau".

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    Oh, my goodness! It's filled with them.

    First, we need to make sure you're understanding the term. Tell me what you understand a metaphor to be.

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    I know that metaphor compares two unlike and at same time describes how they are alike in one way.

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    http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/52568-Countee-Cullen-Tableau

    The poem has 12 lines, right? 3 stanzas of 4 lines each.

    Look at lines 3 and 4.
    Look at lines 11 and 12.

    Those lines should get you started.

    What/who is/are being compared? To what? What is the contrast?

    Study some of the links in here if you don't see the metaphors:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+identify+metaphor&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGLL_en___US379

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    Am I right?

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    Oh, I just saw your message. :)

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    What do you think about those lines I gave you?

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    This is what I understand:

    "What/who is/are being compared? To what? What is the contrast?"

    Ans: Two boys- one black and one white. And their friendship is being compared.

    Am I right?

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    "And their friendship is being compared." <~~ What does that mean?

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    Am not that sure but I think along with the boys friendship the merging or bonding between the white and black is taking place.

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    The golden splendor of the day
    The sable pride of night.


    What colors do you see here? You should see two?

    What are the nuances of "splendor" and "pride"?

    Who is "day"? Who is "night"?

    Use http://www.answers.com and/or http://www.dictionary.com to look up ALL WORDS that are not crystal clear to you.

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    The day is the white boy and night is the black boy.

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    Right -- and how are they being contrasted? Is one better than the other? Are they both needed equally in our world? How can you tell?

    What colors do you see???

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    They are definitely not merging. Each boy's identity will remain whole in himself, even though his friendship with the other grows.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/golden

    http://www.answers.com/topic/sable
    Read the adjective definitions.

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    Both are important and both are equal. If one is golden splendor of the day and one is sable pride of the night. Colors i think one dark and one bright.

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    Excellent -- write it up and let me know how you phrase it all.

    =)

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    Thanks for the links. I just saw the links and i see the colours are yellow and grayish yellow brown.

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    Good! The more detail you can get into your explanation, the better.

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    Alright! I'm getting the hang of this! :d Thanx for the help. :d

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    You're very welcome.

    =)

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