Can someone list all the metaphors in Romeo and Juliet from act II scene 3?I am having trouble finding metaphors. I have found "cherk'ring the eastern clouds with streaks of light"

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As Scene 3  of Act II begins, Friar Laurence gathers herbs with which he makes potions and medicines. While he gathers these flowers and plants, the priest appreciates the beauty of the sunrise.


  •  The friar describes the sun as "Titan's fiery wheels." This metaphor compares the sun to the mythological representation of it.
  • "Revolts from true birth" is metaphoric for turning away from its true function.
  • "Two such opposed kings encamp them still" is metaphoric for the plants and herbs possess beneficial and harmful characteristics.
  • "What early tongue" is a metaphor for who is speaking.
  • "Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye" is metaphoric for worry and stress keep old men awake.
  • "And where care lodges".... is a metaphor for where care exists.
  • "unbruised youth" is a metaphor for a perfect youth.
  • "golden sleep" is restful sleep as a metaphor.
  • "I have forgot that name..." is a metaphor for having forgotten about Rosaline.
  • "The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears" is metaphoric for time has hardly passed.
  • "Thy old groans ring yet in mine ancient ears" is metaphoric for the old complaints against Rosaline still are in his memory.
  • "And bad'st me bury love" is a metaphor for getting over it.
  • "Wisely and slow.  They stumble that run fast." Friar Laurence's concluding passage is about the dangers of being impetuous-
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thegatorsquad | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Merctio's speech about Queen Mab is full of metaphors. (I. i i i i). The second line in his speech compares her size to an agate stone. They may not look like a metaphor but if they describe somthing nothing alike with one or two similarities without using the words like or as than it is a metaphor. Hope this helps.

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