In regard to the crypt, what metaphor does Romeo create?

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Before he prises open the door of the crypt with his crowbar, Romeo compares the crypt to a monster, saying that its door is its mouth and its body is its womb.

Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
And, in despite, I'll cram thee with more food!

He states that the "detestable maw" (meaning mouth) has eaten the most beautiful woman in the world and yet he must open its mouth once more to feed it again—this time of course it will feed on Romeo. The most interesting feature of this description, however, is...

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