Explain one simile in the poem "The Seven Ages of Man".

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are at least one or two similes from this poem that are quite easily understood.  They have to do with the second and third ages of man in Shakespeare's poem.

The first has to do with the schoolboy "creeping like snail."  The simile means that the boy is going very slowly.  He is going very slowly to school because he would rather be somewhere else.  In this age of life, the boy's life centers around having to do things he does not want to do.

The second has to do with the lover "sighing like funace."  This is meant to show how a young man at that age is as hot with passion as a furnace is with actual fire.

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A 'simile' is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared. A simile is usually introduced by 'like' or 'as.'

In Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II Sc.7 we have Jaques' famous speech on the 'seven ages of man.'

In the second 'age' Jaques remarks that the school boy who would rather enjoy playing with his friends than going to school is portrayed going to school very reluctantly and slowly. His slowness in going  to school is compared to the speed of a snail which proverbially moves very very slowly.

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