Descriptions in "The Nightingale and the Rose"
1) How does the nightingale describe Love?
“Surely Love is a wonderful thing. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, not is it set forth in the market-place. It may not be purchased of the merchants, nor can it be weighed out in the balance for gold.” Love is more desirable than precious stones such as “emeralds” or “fine opals”. It can’t be bought by “pearls and pomegranates” or sold in the “market-place”. Oscar Wilde uses metaphor to describe love: Love is a wonderful thing. The tone of the nightingale is confident while talking about love because she knows a lot about it. 2) How does the nightingale describe the student?
“Here at last is a true lover,” said the Nightingale. “Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him. His hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose of his desire; but passion has made his lace like pale ivory, and sorrow has set her seal upon his brow.” The nightingale describes the student as a true romantic. She’s a singer so she always sings about love and she’s saying that she sings about him even though she hasn’t met him. Oscar Wilde uses simile to describe the student a lot such as “his hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom”, “his lips are red as the rose of his desire” and “face like pale ivory”
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