Discuss figurative language in "The Frog and the Nightingale."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that one of the best examples of figurative language would involve the imagery of Seth's description of the nightingale's song.  When he uses the line, "as she serenaded," it represents several explorations of figurative language.  The metaphor of the serenade is something that captures the reader's imagination as it reflects love and a connection with the audience.  This image is in stark contrast to the frog's attempts at singing.  At the same time, the image of "serenading" reflects the pure beauty of her voice.  I think that another example of figurative language is evident when the frog's training of the nightingale requires her to "journey" up and down the scales of music.  The use of the term as a very reflects the arduous and actually abusive lengths to which the frog goes to ruin her voice, under the guise of mentor-ship and teaching.  The idea of "journeying" through the scales reflect a pure sense of difficulty, reflecting what the frog wishes to do to her voice in order to consolidate his own power.  In these examples, the use of specific terms allows the figurative language elements of the poem to take over the reader's perception, allowing a greater connection to be formed between the reader and what is happening in the poem.