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extended metaphor

a metaphor introduced and then further developed throughout all or part of a literary work, especially a poem: Robert Frost uses two roads as an extended metaphor in “The Road Not Taken.”.
a literary work that contains an extended metaphor. Unabridged
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  • And he did so, typically, with an extended metaphor drawn from literature.
Contemporary definitions for extended metaphor

a metaphor that is extended through a stanza or entire poem, often by multiple comparisons of unlike objects or ideas's 21st Century Lexicon
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