Metaphor in Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

Metaphor Examples in Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art:

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"Eremite..."   (Text of the Poem)

The noun “Eremite” is a Christian term for a hermit or recluse. Eremites live away from humanity because they believe a secluded prayer-focused life will bring about clarity that frees them from the sins of humanity. Here, the speaker compares the star’s “sleepless,” ever-open eyes to those of an Eremite. This metaphor further emphasizes the isolation and estrangement from humanity of the star.