Literary Device: Simile. Like a metaphor, a simile is a form of figurative language that makes a comparison between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, similes DO use the connective words “like” or “as” to make this comparison.
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Like a metaphor, a simile is a form of figurative language that makes a comparison between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, similes DO use the connective words “like” or “as” to make this comparison.
Example: The sky flowed like a large, blue blanket spread out over the earth.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
The word “deferred” means to delay or postpone. Hughes is exploring, through his poetics, the various possible fates of forgotten or delayed dreams.
A raisin - in the sun, dried (sight, taste, touch)
A sweet – syrupy, crusted, sugary (taste, touch, sight)
A sore – running (touch, sight, smell)
A load – heavy, sagging (touch, sight)
A bomb – exploding (touch, sight)
Meat – rotten, stinking (sight, smell, taste)
Which of these is an example of a metaphor?
The tone of the various objects is extremely negative.All seem to suggest a sense of ruination or destruction.
By attacking the reader’s senses with multiple items to connect to an abstract concept, the poet is able to create myriad concrete impressions concerning faded dreams.
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