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  1. Dec 2021
    1. Be advis’d, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god;

      Egeus as a "god" in this comparison produces an ironic effect. Clearly, Egeus cannot be regarded as a god when he does not have any physical power other than what society and the law provides him. Additionally, Theseus advising Hermia to see her father as a god is an indication of the extreme patriarchal environment of the play.

    2. One that compos’d your beauties, yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax By him imprinted, and within his power

      The wax comparison here takes away from Hermia's humanity. The wax takes leaves no room for any deviation from Hermia. Theseus is reminding Hermia that she has no choice.

    3. Like to a step-dame or a dowager, Long withering out a young man’s revenue.

      Step-dame means stepmother and dowager means widow. In this case, his reference to both these women is in reference to their dependency on "young man's revenue." The young man is a son or the man in charge of their upkeep. He is therefore comparing how these types of women's finances take away from the men they depend on, to how much the slowness of the moon's changes takes from his time to be with Hippolyta

    4. Like to a step-dame or a dowager, Long withering out a young man’s revenue.

      Step-dame means stepmother and dowager means widow. In this case, his reference to both these women is in reference to their dependency on "young man's revenue." The young man is a son or the man in charge of their upkeep. He is therefore comparing how these types of women's finances take away from the men they depend on, to how much the slowness of the moon's changes takes from his time to be with Hippolyta

    5. To whom you are but as a form in wax By him imprinted, and within his power To leave the figure, or disfigure it.

      The wax comparison here takes away from Hermia's humanity. The wax takes leaves no room for any deviation from Hermia. Theseus is reminding Hermia that she has no choice.

    6. To you your father should be as a god

      Egeus as a "god" in this comparison produces an ironic effect. Clearly, Egeus cannot be regarded as a god when he does not have any physical power other than what society and the law provides him. Additionally, Theseus advising Hermia to see her father as a god is an indication of the extreme patriarchal environment of the play.

  2. Sep 2021
    1. Postmen like doctors

      Another SIMILE comparing postmen and doctors. Larkin explicitly makes the connection that both workers go "house to house" visiting people, but what they do during these visits is left up to the reader.

    2. The sky is white as clay

      Larkin uses a SIMILE to compare the sky of a new day to white clay. Both concepts act as a blank canvas or a fresh start; just as the sky in the morning leaves room for endless possibilities throughout the day, a lump of clay has the potential to transform into anything the artist desires. Both items are also described as being "white with no sun", which reenforces a bland, mundane depiction of reality.

  3. Mar 2021
    1. She sliced like a knife through everything

      Immersion in life, connection to others depicted as violent

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  5. Oct 2018
    1. A breach, but an expansion,    Like gold to airy thinness beat.

      Allusion to alchemy; a typical Donne convention. Alchemy is the process of mixing imperfect metals to attempt to create a perfect metal, gold. This was a typical medieval practice that had no real results.

  6. Sep 2018
    1. How satis-20factory is the fragrance of this flower--21It is the emblem of purity-- It reminds22me of a young country maiden-- It is23just so simple & unproved-- Wholesome24as the odor of the cow.

      interesting similitude between the smell of a flower, maiden, and cow.

  7. Jan 2017
    1. Oh, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor.

      Here is a simile. Often the choice of comparison reveals a character's state of mind. What is Orsino's state of mind? Within this simile, there is also a paradox, which in this case, reveal something about Orsino's state of 'heart'. What is it?

  8. Sep 2016
    1. Most would agree that the NCAA provides competitive sport as popular as the professionals.

      compares the popularity of NCAA competitive sports with professional sports

  9. Apr 2016
    1. I will roar  you as gently as any sucking dove
  10. Sep 2015
    1. The Milky Way is a long smear on the sky, like something erased on a blackboard

      Nice use of figurative language

  11. Oct 2013
    1. The simile is a full-blown metaphor. Similes are useful in prose as well as in verse; but they must not be used often, since they are of the nature of poetry.

      Simile=poetic devise

    1. The Simile also is a metaphor; the difference is but slight. When the poet says of Achilles that he Leapt on the foe as a lion, this is a simile; when he says of him 'the lion leapt', it is a metaphor -- here, since both are courageous, he has transferred to Achilles the name of 'lion'. Similes are useful in prose as well as in verse; but not often, since they are of the nature of poetry. They are to be employed just as metaphors are employed, since they are really the same thing except for the difference mentioned.

      I think it's interesting that Aristotle is teaching the functional difference between simile and metaphor. Instead of saying similes use "like" or "as," he has to give examples. I'm glad teachers teach it differently today.