"But I am done with apple-picking now...."
See in text (Text of the Poem)
Apple-picking serves as an extended metaphor, a literary device in which two different things are compared by implying or asserting that they are the same thing, for the ambitions and accomplishments that a person pursues throughout life. An extended metaphor unfolds throughout an entire text and usually uses smaller metaphors for reinforcement. In “After Apple-Picking,” the extended metaphor for a person’s ambitions and achievements is supplemented by the approaching winter sleep, or hibernation, which is a metaphor for death.
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