Read the extract below and answer the question:

……O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,
Me thought she purged the air of pestilence;
That instant was, I turned into a hert,
And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,
E’er since pursue me.
(Act 1, Scene 1)

The figure of speech used in the underlined expression is

A. personification
B. paradox
C. metaphor
D. irony

Correct Answer: Option C

C. metaphor