Dear CR: I just read something about Pound's flirtation with spiritualism around the time he wrote this two-liner. The author, whose name I can't recall now, said that "apparition" was the operative word in the poem. Diana

Or think of these lines from 'In a Station of the Metro' :
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
where a comparison is not explicitly tagged to a connective
such as "like" or "as" but is implied nevertheless.
Well, as in the previous context, a poet may look at a thing
and be reminded of something. For instance,
I looked at her and thought of (was reminded of)
heaven/hell/snow/mist/clouds/a gutter/a cigarette butt
-- and so on.
Of course I imply a comparison -- but do I engage
in a figure of speech -- a simile/metaphor ?
You may say, of course. Or you might downright
dismiss me as one indulging in irrelevance !

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
just an observation
While reading 'Mr. Apollinax', I came upon this oblique way of comparison
which is akin to both a simile and a metaphor:
WHEN Mr. Apollinax visited the United States
His laughter tinkled among the teacups.
I thought.../ ...of Priapus in the shrubbery
Gaping at the lady in the swing.
I heard the beat of centaur's hoofs over the hard turf
As his dry and passionate talk devoured the afternoon. 
I wonder if we can categorize these instances of comparison
as similes/metaphors.  And if we do, to which figure of speech
do they belong?
Any opinion?  Thanks.

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