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Explain how the diction of "Building an Outhouse" contributes to the extended simile. Why is the language of building especially appropriate here?

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Ronald Wallace's poem "Building an Outhouse" creates an extended simile by comparing the construction of an outhouse to that of the construction of a poem.

A poet needs to be concerned with the same things that a builder needs to be concerned with. Wallace creates the simile by stating the comparison in the first line:

It is not unlike building a poem

Wallace then goes into the concerns that a builder would have when constructing an outhouse. The concerns lie in the shape, the materials needed, and the tools needed to construct an outhouse. This is comparable to the tools, shape, and material...

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