Metaphor in A Midsummer Night's Dream
A metaphor is a comparison used to describe something without using the terms “like” or “as.” Shakespeare’s works are filled with elaborate metaphors of all sorts. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream in particular, natural phenomena are often used as metaphors to describe various situations or to mock romantic conventions in literature and theatre.
Metaphor Examples in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Act I - Scene I🔒
"Your eyes are lode-stars and your tongue's sweet air..." See in text (Act I - Scene I)
"But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness...." See in text (Act I - Scene I)
"War, death, or sickness, did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound,(145) Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night..." See in text (Act I - Scene I)