More on Old Age

Analogy or proportion is when the B is to the A as the D is to C. We may then use D for the B, or B for D. Sometimes too we qualify the metaphor by adding the term to which the proper word is relative. Thus, the cup is to Dionysus as the shield is to Ares. The cup may, therefore, be called 'the shield of Dionysus,' and the shield 'the cup of Ares.' Or, again, as old age is to life, so is evening to day. Evening may therefore be called 'the old age of the day,' and old age, 'the evening of life,' or, in the phrase of Empedocles, 'life's setting sun.'
Poetics, Aristotle (translated by Butcher)

“To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still.”
Sonnet 104, Shakespeare

“I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours in the great sea.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


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