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is this sentence a metaphor? I don't understand it.

In 1926 the event of the Paris theatre season was Copeau's surrender of The Théâtre des Arts to Georges and Ludmilla Pitoeff, who forthwith announced a new production: Orph6e, or Orpheus, a one-act tragedy by Jean Cocteau. This brought Chanel, as Antigone had, back to the sources of the Greek tragic spirit, for she was to design the costumes. Now the journey would carry her, in the wake of Orpheus, into the kingdom of the dead. Jean Hugo took charge of the sets and made them resolutely contemporary. Pitoeff himself became the director. From Switzerland, Rilke telegraphed his encouragement: "May Jean [Cocteau) feel the warmth of my admiration, he whose poetry alone penetrates into myth, whence he returns tanned as if he had been on the seashore." The production caused a great critical stir, provoking praise and abuse in equal measure.

[what does "he whose poetry alone penetrates into myth, whence he returns tanned as if he had been on the seashore"mean? ]

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    Technically, a Metaphor is a comparison that does not use the word 'like' or 'as'

    In this sentence, Rilke says that Cocteau is the only one who really saw through the myth, he went so close to the true Rilke, that if Rilke's admiration was Sunshine, Cocteau would have gotten a Tan.

    It is not really a metaphor. Cocteau is not really comparing himself to a beach, nor is he comparing his admiration with sunshine.

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