Metaphors In Poetry

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Both John Doone and Emily Dickinson wrote amazing poems. “Valediction Forbidding Mourning” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” come together to give the reader two different ideas of death in itself. There are also extended metaphors in each poem. The amazing part of both of these poems, is that you can get so much out of it from reading it over and over again. There are so many meanings to so many words inside these poems. In both of these poems, extended metaphors are used. These metaphors also influence the meaning and tone of each poem. In John Donne’s “Valediction Forbidding Mourning”, one extended metaphor would be of a compass. The compass is a very strong, firm piece of equipment. Donne writes, “If they be two, they are two so As stiff twin compasses are two ;” (lines 25-26). He was expressing how firm and strong his relationship is. This makes the meaning of his poem turn from a dark poem, to a very strong, love poem. In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, the main extended metaphor is The Carriage. In my mind, I depicted The Carriage as when “life flashes before your eyes” moment. The Carriage gives it a very creepy tone at first, only when Emily writes, “Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality,” (lines 1-4).…show more content…
In Emily’s poem, she uses a carriage to get around town with Death. This carriage is kind of like her own little ride throughout her life. She writes, “We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess – in the Ring –We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –We passed the Setting Sun –” (lines 9-12). These could be some very important memories from her lifetime, as she sits in The Carriage. In John’s poem, he talks about how love should be silent, and shouldn’t take so much to show. He basically said to not be like an earthquake, “Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears” (line
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