There will come soft rains - figurative language

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    DIRECTIONS: Identify the figurative language evident in each of the following quotes from “THERE WILL

    COME SOFT RAINS”. Read the quotes carefully. Some may have more than one type of figurative language in them. Then, explain why the quote is an example of that type of figurative language.

    1. “Hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the

    distant sea.”

    2. “The house was an alter with 10,000 attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But

    the gods had gone away and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.

    3. “There, down tubes which fed into the cellar, it was dropped into the sighing vent of an

    incinerator which sat like evil Baal in a dark corner.”

    4. “At 4:00 the tables folded like great butterflies back through the paneled walls.”

    5. “. . . .the lazy bumble of a purring lion.”

    6. “The dinner dishes manipulated like magic tricks.”

    7. “And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn . . .”

    8. “The fire crackled up the stairs.”

    9. “It fed upon Picassos and Matisses in the upper halls, like delicacies . . .”

10. “The fire backed off as even an elephant must at the sight of a dead snake. “

    11. “The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wires,

    its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver

    in the scalded air.”

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