Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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What are some examples of metaphors and similes from Spoon River Anthology?

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The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters contains 250 poems and almost every one contains metaphors and similes of some sort. Below are three examples.

In the poem "Fletcher McGee," Fletcher uses the metaphor of a sculptor manipulating clay into his own creation to show how he turned his lover into somebody she hated.

She was a hunk of sculptor's clay,
My secret thoughts were fingers:
They flew behind her pensive brow
And lined it deep with pain.

In the poem "Robert Fulton Tanner," Robert compares life to an ogre with a giant hand that "catches and destroys him." Unlike the rat that bit his own hand, he says he had no way of fighting back.

If a man could bite the giant hand
That...

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