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Identify five metaphors in Earle Birney's poem "Vancouver Lights".

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM via web

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Identify five metaphors in Earle Birney's poem "Vancouver Lights".

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM (Answer #1)

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A metaphor is a comparison between two things which one would not necessarily associate. When examining Earle Birney's poem, "Vancouver Lights," many metaphors are present.

1."Quilt of lamps"- Here, the numerous lighthouses are compared to a quilt. Working in unison, like quilters, the lights serve their purpose (providing safety and comfort --much like a quilt). 

2. "We the unique glowworms"- Here, the speaker compares himself (assumed given the poet's gender) and the reader (through his use of the pronoun "we") to glowworms.

3. "This twinkle we make in a corner of emptiness"- Here, the small light the speaker is able to cast is compared to the light of a star. While not direct, one normally associates a "twinkle" with a star.

4. "Our Phoebus himself is a bubble"- Here, Phoebus (the god of the sun) is compared to a bubble.

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Posted June 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM (Answer #2)

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