Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

Is this sentence " Patches of manicured farmland..." a metaphor or personification?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I believe it's a metaphor

  • Barry
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I would say it's neither. Farmland, lawns and gardens are commonly described as well-manicured.

    It would be a metaphor only if "manicured" was not a commonly used figure of speech. But this has been in common usage for a long time. Maybe long ago when the phrase first appeared it could have been considered a metaphor. An argument could have been made that manicuring can only be done to fingernails. But now it is quite common for trees, bushes and other shrubs to be manicured.

    IN fact, the second definition in the OED is "To trim or cut neatly; to smarten up." That could be literally applied to any object.

  • 1 decade ago

    can it be both? if not, i think it is personification..wait, it depends on the whole sentence. "patches of farmland" is just a sentence, but manicured farmland makes it a personfication

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