|Subject||A Simile For Her Smile|
|Posted on||Sat Jan 9 16:03:24 1999|
" A Simile For Her Smile", Richard Wilbur uses the technique of figurative language - "simile". The poet compares the woman's smile as a boat, and the moment that he thought of her smile was like a sequel of a drawbridge that stop all the hasty traffic to let the boat get though. It means that when the woman's smile comes to his mind, all other bothering, hasty thoughts would disappear, and only the smile would exist. The phrases such as " hasty traffic," "massed and staring", "horns are hushed", "oilsmoke rarifies", and "idling motors" present a very great contrast to those as "smooth approach", "slip of the silken river", "ringing of clear bells", slow cascading of the paddle wheel". How important and powerful the girl is !
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