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sam53 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 26, 2010 at 4:17 AM via web

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Below contains a figure of speech. Type the exact words that make up the figure. Then type s for simile, m for metaphor, or p for personification.

"Now when the young Dawn showed again with her rosy fingers, . . ."

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Hmmmmmmm..........might this be your homework assignment? Perhaps I can help you better by giving you an explanation of these figures of speech, and then you can choose the proper labels yourself.

Similes and metaphors are comparisons. A simile is a comparison using the word "like" or "as" and a metaphor is an implied comparison. It does not use these words and you have to figure it out.

When a thing is being turned into something human, but it is NOT human, this is personification. So, in this example, what is the non-human thing? If you replied "the Dawn" then you are correct.

Now, for the poetic device. You have a choice: simile, metaphor or personification. How is the dawn being described? Are there any comparison words (like, as)? No. Are there any comparisons without these words? No. OK, what words ARE being used to describe the dawn? Young. Can the dawn be young? Can the dawn be referred to as a "her"? Can the dawn have fingers?

OK - which is it, then? Personification, simile or metaphor?

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