Could someone please find me 2 metaphors and four hyperbolies from "Taming of the Shrew" from this following part:  Starting from " And twenty caged nightingales do sing:Or wilt thou sleep?" to...

Could someone please find me 2 metaphors and four hyperbolies from "Taming of the Shrew" from this following part:


Starting from " And twenty caged nightingales do sing:
Or wilt thou sleep?" to "She was the fairest creature in the world; and yet she is inferior to none" (line 37-69 in Induction, scene 2) There should be 2 metaphors and 4 hyperboles in that following text.


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Could you also explain what these poetic devices add to these lines (37-69) ?


Thank you very much I really need the help!

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is the part of the frame story in the play where Christopher Sly is dressed up and told by many that he is indeed a nobleman when he is equal to the town drunk.  It is part of the entertainment and a huge practical joke on Sly, who of course, isn't easily convinced of his new position in society.

You are looking for two metaphors--which are comparisons between two unlike things.  The most obvious would have to be the comparison of Sly to a Lord.  They keep asking him what he wants and loves and they will bring it to him for his pleasure (all as a part of the ruse that they are his servants and he is what they tell him he is).  Look, for instance in the first stanza of the ecerpt:  they will bring him music (twenty caged nightingales to sing for him) or they will bring him a couch if he would rather sleep, etc.  In the last few lines of the excerpt they tell him he is a Lord, and he has a lady as beautiful as any Lord who has shed many tears for him.

As far as the hyperboles (extreme exaggerations), they occur in what the gentleman say they will do to please their Lord (Sly). 

For example:  they telll him they will bring him paintings to please him and the paintings are done so masterfully as to seem lifelike as Daphne running through the wood scratching her legs and bleeding from the picture.  Or Apollo crying with tears so real from the pain the thorns inflict on Daphne, his love.

Another servant tells Sly that his beautiful lady has shed tears for him like floods--that is an overexaggeration.  She was also the fairest creature in the world, yet inferior to none.  Another hyperbole.

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