In the poem 'My Mother at Sixty-six' by Kamala Das (which I have attached below), what is the poetic device in the line 'the merry children spilling out of their homes'?
I feel like it should be transferred epithet as the children are not literally spilling. The adjective which usually describes a liquid spilling out of a cup is being used to describe the children. The children are coming out of their homes in huge numbers which just looks like liquid spilling from a cup.
But my teacher said that it was a metaphor with no explanation. But I'm skeptical about that.
From what I know, metaphor is a poetry device in which something/someone is compared to something else without the use of words like/as. For eg: You're the sunshine of my life.
My Mother at Sixty-Six
Driving from my parent’s
home to Cochin last Friday
morning, I saw my mother,
doze, open mouthed, her face
ashen like that
of a corpse and realized with pain
that she was as old as she
looked but soon
put that thought away, and
looked out at Young
Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling
out of their homes*, but after the airport’s*
security check, standing a few yards
away, I looked again at her, wan, pale
as a late winter’s moon and felt that old
familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,
but all I said was, see you soon, Amma,
all I did was smile and smile and