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Can you give me at least two metaphors in "Tonight I can Write"?

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Pablo Neruda's "Tonight I Can Write (The Saddest Lines)" contains numerous metaphors. In addition to what the other Educator answer mentions, the following two lines contain metaphors:

  • Love is so short.
  • Her voice, her bright body.

Neither seems to be a blatant example of metaphor, both can be identified as metaphors based upon the full text and imagery defined within the body of the poem.

In the first example, the speaker is comparing love to time. Overall, the poem speaks to the passage of time. The speaker recalls the existence of "her" both before and after he loved her. Therefore, the metaphor exists through the speaker comparing love being short to life being short.

In the second example, the speaker...

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