Metaphor

Definition:
Metaphors are one of the most extensively used literary devices. A metaphor refers to a meaning or identity ascribed to one subject by way of another. In a metaphor, one subject is implied to be another so as to draw a comparison between their similarities and shared traits.

The first subject, which is the focus of the sentences is usually compared to the second subject, which is used to convey a degree of meaning that is used to characterize the first. The purpose of using a metaphor is to take an identity or concept that we understand clearly (second subject) and use it to better understand the lesser known element (the first subject).

Example:
“Henry was a lion on the battlefield”. This sentence suggests that Henry fought so valiantly and bravely that he embodied all the personality traits we attribute to the ferocious animal. This sentence implies immediately that Henry was courageous and fearless, much like the King of the Jungle.

42 thoughts on “Metaphor”

  1. Is this a metaphor? “When he recites his full name and address, it brings his buried memories of home crashing down on him”

  2. The man-made matchstick burnt a honeydew path into the boundless ocean, welcoming the exhausted ships towards the humble harbour. (Metaphor of a lighthouse)

  3. Can somebody tell me if this: “Painting figures strangers will never meet,
    Over cracks in the ceiling of your mind”
    … is a metaphor, an analogy or something else?

  4. is “The inevitable had happened-someone had poured some poison in my father’s ear” a metaphor? In context to the novel, poison actually meant gossip

  5. Is “The things she could afford to buy did not last, had no beauty or style, and were absorbed by the dingy storefront.” a metaphor because the objects are being compared to the dingy storefront?

  6. Is “The things she could afford to buy did not last, had no beauty or style, and were absorbed by the dingy storefront.” a metaphor because the objects are being compared to the dingy storefront?

  7. A simile uses like or as, while metaphors simply declare. “You are the apple of my eye” is a metaphor, as it simply states, as ” You are like the fries to my burger” is a simile, it uses ‘LIKE’.

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