Thou myghtest wene that this Palamon
In his fightyng were a wood leon,
And as a crueel tigre was Arcite;
As wilde bores gonne they to smyte,
That frothen whit as foom for ire wood.

– Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, The Knight’s Tale. There is rich use of metaphor and simile here as Palamon and Arcite slug it out in a bloody duel for the love of Emily. They are compared to wild animals, including a mad lion, cruel tiger and wild boars.