Sonnet 14 Questions and Answers
by Elizabeth Barrett Moulton

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What figure of speech has been used in line 13 and 14 and why?

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The last two lines of "Sonnet 14" are an example of what's called a metaphor. This is a figure of speech which is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. In lines 11–12 of the sonnet, the speaker urges his lover, the "fair youth," to turn to the matter of procreation, or having children:

As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert;

The speaker sees great beauty in the...

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