is a comparison of two unalike things where one thing is said to be the other; a simile
is a comparison which is of somewhat lesser strength because it depends upon the use of the words like
The ebony clock in the seventh and final room, all hung with black, is compared, via metaphor, to something living. The narrator says that, each hour, "there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical." Obviously, a clock does not actually have lungs; neither can it be considered to be "brazen," as this adjective implies purposefulness. The cabinet in which the chimes hang is compared to lungs.
Poe employs another metaphor
when the narrator describes the dancing figures that stalk "To and fro in the seven chambers" as "a multitude of dreams." They are living people dressed so fancifully and fantastically that they seem like something out of a dream. They would certainly add to the surrealism of the decor itself and affect the
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