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For each of the following, identify what figure of speech, if any, is being used. In several cases, it might be argued that more than one exists. In those cases, you will identify only the primary figure.

My brother has grown a great deal in the last year. He is almost as tall as I am now.

I think this is a metaphor.

Death, be not proud, though some have call├ęd thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

--John Donne

I think this is personification.


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    There is no metaphor in the first sentence.

    I agree with personification in the Donne lines.

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    So do you think it is simile? The only reason I said metaphor was because it said he is...Even though it also says as I thought it focused more on what he was. Could it have no figure of speech?

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    It would be a simile if you were comparing two unlike things:

    He seems as tall as the building.
    She sings like a lark.

    I don't think that sentence has any figure of speech in it.

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    The first sentence is simile

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    That's what I was thinking, Wrtieacher.
    Lana, why do you think so?

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