Explain the comparison and identify the figure of speech in "Here lodge as in a sanctuary!" from "To a Butterfly".

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With the line "Here lodge as in a sanctuary," the speaker is comparing the orchard to a place of safety or a holy place. The figure of speech used is a simile.

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The word sanctuary has several related meanings and connotations. A sanctuary is a place of rest and of safety, as well as being a holy place. The word lodge also suggests a place for a traveler to rest. The speaker compares the orchard with a sanctuary because it is a safe place for the butterfly. As always in Wordsworth's poetry, the speaker's love of nature has a religious quality, meaning that all natural environments are holy places, though they are not all equally safe and welcoming.

The figure of speech here is a simile. This is because the use of the word as shows that the speaker is comparing the orchard to a sanctuary rather than saying that it is one. If the word as were not present, it is debatable whether the image could be called a metaphor, since, in the sense of being a safe resting place, the orchard really is a sanctuary.

The use of a simile here, therefore, calls attention to the word sanctuary and highlights the other qualities of such a place that it does not share with the orchard. Appropriately enough, one modern use of the word sanctuary, which would not have been familiar to Wordsworth, is a place set aside for wildlife to flourish.

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