Subject: A journal to Poetry 2
Student: Cerita Liu
School Number: 487200130
Teacher: Kate Liu
Due Date: Dec. 8. 1998
In this section we focus on the figures of speech. As a result, we have learned so many professional wards. There are many different kinds of figures of speech, such as metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole, understatement, paradox, and pun. However, they are very hard to understand even in Chinese, no mention they show up in English. So I spend more time on studying it, in order to realize it more.
In the poem A Simile for Her Smile, the author used the simile to express his feeling. A simile is a comparison between two dissimilar objects a word such as like or as to connects them. This poem contains many similes; he used a lot of objects to describe her smile, and showed how her smile can effect the environment. When the speaker was comparing her smile to the arrival of a riverboat, he was using his own experiment, including both memory of her smile and expecting of her smile. Besides, we can see the word slip be used again, in my point of view, the speaker may want to show how smooth her smile is. Obviously, we can see the poem was divided into two main parts, both of them are related about the traffic, even the boat or the bridge, it is the most particular similes showing in this poem, making me feel very interesting!
When it comes to the poem written by Dickinson, we can get more examples about metaphors and similes. From the first line to the end, the tone has changed. In the beginning, the speaker seems very shy, and wants to find someone who is nobody too. And this poem was divided into two parts: the first one was talking about her situation, and the second one was going to criticize the ones who are somebody. (Why did I use the word criticize? because I think the speaker might be dissatisfied with those people who are somebody, so she used the word frog, to compare them with frogs who are always loudly yelling their names in the public.) However, the most ironic in this poem is the last sentence," To tell your name----the livelong June----To an admiring Bog." She used the simile on somebody as a frog and the metaphor on the environment as an admiring bog; because she didn't need to point it out that clear, we can understand that by she used the ironic word admiring. We all know that she did not mean the bog are admirable.