Simile in The Lucy Poems
Simile Examples in The Lucy Poems:
Strange fits of passion have I known
"Fresh as a rose in June,..." See in text (Strange fits of passion have I known)
This line nods to the tradition of courtly love poetry. In this style, poets often perform what is called the “blazon,” a method of applying enthusiastic metaphors to the love object. As the poem progresses, it becomes clear how out of place the “rose in June” is.
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
"—Fair, as a star when only one Is shining in the sky...." See in text (She dwelt among the untrodden ways)
The poet compares Lucy to a star, and not just any star. He states that she is as beautiful as a solitary star in the sky. He is telling the reader that Lucy is uncommonly beautiful. The image of the single star also represents Lucy’s role as a muse. Just as sailors would navigate according to the North Star, the speaker looks to Lucy for inspiration and direction.