A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words like or as. Romeo, ever the wordsmith and in love with love, has fallen so head over heels in love with Juliet that he scales the high walls of her home in search of her. He sees her on her balcony, and before she knows he is there, speaks to her in the language of love. Never one to hold back from his exuberant emotions, Romeo immediately uses two metaphors as he compares Juliet to the sun and to an angel. To him, everything else fades to darkness against her:
Juliet is the sun.
O, speak again, bright angel!
When Juliet does become aware that Romeo is on the grounds of her home, she becomes nervous that he will be discovered by one of her male relatives and killed. She also wonders how he ever scaled the high wall surrounding her home. He compares himself to a creature with wings which allowed him easily to get over the wall. In other words, love gave him the needed strength to do this:
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