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    Literary Term Question

    If these lines from a James Weldon Johnson poem (on a test), what "literary device" would you consider to be appropriate for labeling them?

    This Great God,
    Like a mammy bending over her baby, |
    Kneeled down in the dust
    Toiling over a lump of clay
    Till He shaped it in His own image;


    A.) Simile
    B.) Metaphor
    C.) Vivid Description
    D.) Image
    E.) None of the Above

    My teacher put this on a test, and I want to see what people with objective opinions would select as the answer. Thanks for your help.

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    It is clearly a simile.

    :)


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    Simile.

    Vivid description is a judgement, not a literary device. It is an image as well, but achieved through simile.

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    Re: Literary Term Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Howyoudoin952
    If these lines from a James Weldon Johnson poem (on a test), what "literary device" would you consider to be appropriate for labeling them?

    This Great God,
    Like a mammy bending over her baby, |
    Kneeled down in the dust
    Toiling over a lump of clay
    Till He shaped it in His own image;


    A.) Simile
    B.) Metaphor
    C.) Vivid Description
    D.) Image
    E.) None of the Above

    My teacher put this on a test, and I want to see what people with objective opinions would select as the answer. Thanks for your help.
    Simile. It would be a metaphor if it said This great God was a mammy....
    The "like" marks it as a simile. :)

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