Night That Covers Me Metaphors

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The first stanza of the poem uses metaphors portray the writer point of view and imprint on the reader. The line, ‘night that covers me’, refers to death that hangs over him whist in hospital and the pain that never leaves him. He uses ‘black as the pit from pole to pole’ as an extended metaphor to emphasize that he is surrounded and there is no place for him to turn to. Using these techniques push the reader to imagine the hardship of his life and his suffering. With the 3rd and 4th line, ‘I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul’, he is not selective in thanking any god in particular but to any higher being able to help him withstand his punishment.

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