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What literary device is present in the following sentence?
"My love is a red, red rose"



A. Alliteration
B. Metaphor
C. Simile
D. Onomatopoeia


This question is part of FIGURES OF SPEECH
Asked by Webkat, Last updated: Aug 12, 2019

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G. Roland

G. RolandProfessor, Austin
Professor, Austin

Answered on Feb 21, 2019

This must be analyzed in order to come up with the right answer. The answer to this is B. The figure of speech that is present here is a metaphor. This is apparent because of the words that are used. The sentence states: “My love is a red, red rose.” The fact that it used the word means that it is a metaphor. The comparison is directly stated.

This is different from a simile wherein the word may be compared to another word. If this is a simile, the sentence should have read, “My love is LIKE a red, red rose.” This only means that love is being compared to the color of the rose. Since a direct comparison is used, this is more of a metaphor.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Mar 21, 2017

Alliteration
Metaphor

This sentence is a metaphor that contains an alliteration. The red, red rose is the alliteration while the comparison of love to the rose is a metphor.
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