Meaning: A Simile is a figurative language that makes a comparison between two things of a different kind to make a vivid description using 'like' or 'as'. In this example, the author is comparing someone who stood to a 'pillar of cloud torn'. This compares how unadmiring a torn pillar of cloud is with the way the person stood.
2.<em> "faded banners of the departed summer ancient blood-stains against the dark-blue sky" </em>
Figurative language: <u>a Metaphor</u>
Meaning: a Metaphor is symbolic (non-literal) comparison of an object or action with another thing, action, or idea in other to explain an idea. Hence, the expression, "<em>summer ancient blood-stains" </em>refers to horrific events in the past that resulted in <em>"dark-blue sky"</em> (or grief).