The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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What metaphor describes the nautilus in line 1? 

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In the first line Holmes uses the metaphor "ship of pearl" to describe the chambered nautilus. He's referring to the smooth shell of the nautilus, the "precious" quality, and how it grows (somewhat as a pearl grows).

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