As in a smithy
one sees a white-hot axehead or an adze
plunged and wrung in a cold tub, screeching steam–
the way they make soft iron hale and hard–:
just so that eyeball hissed around the spike.
Based on the epic simile, how should the poem’s listener picture the Cyclops’s eye?
like a smithy’s shop full of interesting tools
like a soft, cold piece of iron
like a hissing piece of hot metal in cold water
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