Explain the use of metaphor, alliteration and simile in the poem 'A thing of Beauty'

Dear Student,

Metaphor is a comparison between two things, without the use of words 'like' and 'as'. It can also be implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily used to describe one thing is applied to another. 

An example from the poem would be the phrase "flowery wreath". This doesn't refer to any actual wreath of flowers, but it is a metaphor for all things of earthly beauty, which give us a respite from the worries of the world. 


Alliteration is when nearby words start with same consonant sound. This improves the musical quality of the poem. 

'Band to bind..", "noble natures" and "cooling covert" are examples of this from the poem. 


Simile is a straightforward comparison between two objects, using the words "like" or "as". Unfortunately, I was unable to find any examples of simile in this poem; your teacher may be able to clarify more. 

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