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Metaphors play a significant role in poems by enlivening ordinary language encouraging interpretation and by giving maximum meaning with a minimum amount of words The metaphors used in the poems Moving In Winter written by Adrienne Rich and The Flea written by John Donne use metaphors that not only fulfill the roles already listed but perform an even more vital role in poems by setting incredible tone imagery and symbolism Moving In Winter contains very descriptive metaphors that signal the feelings of seperation discontentment and coldness The metaphors not only display a line by line story that describes the couples wintry move but also the winter move symbolically expresses the couples relationship The narrator compares ones life and a pack of cards in the first line Their life collapsed like unplayed cards is carried piecemeal through the snow This metaphor gives a reader a new outlook on life A Deck of cards consist of vital roles Compared to a family the husband would play the role of the king the wife the role of the queen and the children would play the role of the jacks This leaves only the numerical cards which would make up daily events that would be faced An unplayed deck of cards is considered not alive Richs use of metaphors also gave an exciting twist in his poem In Moving In Winter a couples relationship is compared to pieces of furniture Bureaus coffining from the cold things that can shuffle in a drawer brings to mind a bureau much like a coffin except containing minor details of life
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