Literary Term Question

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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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Simile.

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

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Howyoudoin952 said:
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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