Metaphors

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A metaphor is one of the important figures of speech in the English language. A metaphor is
used for comparing two things indirectly. Unlike a simile, the words 'like' and 'as' are not
used, in fact no direct words are used for comparison. One might then wonder how to
recognize a metaphor. Usually, the comparison is made between an inanimate and animate
object through which we can understand that the inanimate object is compared to an animate
object.
Extensive List of Metaphors
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A laugh in the sea of sadness
The noise is music to his ears
He swam in the sea of diamonds
His belt was a snake curling around his waist
Love is a growing garland
Your friendship is the picture to my frame
Authority is a chair, it needs legs to stand up
Once your heart's been broken it grows back bigger
His hair is a white snowflake and his hair is a messy haystack
He is all heartbroken
The pigeons fountained into the air
Her hair was bone white
He tried to help but his legs were wax
It's raining cats and dogs
Words are false Idols
Ideas are wings
Kicked the bucket
The sea is a hungry lion
She is a dog when she is hungry
A heart of gold
A light in a sea of darkness
Strength and dignity is what she is made of
Heart of a lion
He is the sun of my sky
Light of their life
Pull your socks up
Life is a mere dream, a fleeting shadow on a cloudy day
Drowning in the sea
Jumping for joy
Rolling in dough
Apple of the eye
It rained cats and dogs
Information travels faster in this modern age as our days start crawling away
Reality is an enemy
Truth is food for him
Fear is a beast that feeds on attention
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Spiritual seeking is treasure hunting
Life's journey is a bicycle ride down the hill
Ideas are water
Thoughts are a storm, unexpected
Extended Metaphor
An extended metaphor is a type of metaphor which is also known as a 'conceit', it is nothing
but a metaphor which does not end in the first sentence, and is continued in the next sentence
too. The following are some examples of extended metaphors, which also include an extended
metaphor poem.
The winds were ocean waves, thrashing against the trees limbs. The gales remained
thereafter, only ceasing when the sun went down. Their waves clashed brilliantly with the
water beneath, bringing foam and dying leaves to the shore.
The teacher descended upon the exams, sank his talons into their pages, ripped the answers to
shreds, and then, perching in his chair, began to digest.
Mother to Son
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floors
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall nowâ"
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
by - Langston Hughes.
Love Metaphors
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Love is a nutrient
Love is a journey
Love is a unity of parts
Love is a bond
Love is a fluid in a container
Love is fire
Love is an economic exchange
Love is a natural force
Love is a physical force
Love is a camera, full of memories
Love is an opponent
Love is a captive animal
Love is war
Love is a social superior
Love is rapture/a high
Love is a thrill ride
Love is a fine wine
Love is a garden
Love is a battlefield
Love is the air
Love is an experiment
Love is like an adventure
Love is a fragile flower opening to the warmth of spring
Love is a lemon - either bitter or sweet
If you are trying to understand metaphors, you should start with a list of elementary
metaphors and who knows, you might end up making your own metaphor list one day!
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