Metaphor is a comparison of two unlike things.
some examples for a metaphor
"But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
The poem "creativity" is using personification
On the wall,
there is a shadow
of a branch outside.
It moves and it is dancing.
It writes its story
and the ink
is living light.
The first stanza it is describing what the author is seeing. The author is saying that the branch on the wall is telling
a story and how the light is the ink. This is a metaphor because he is comparing two unlike things a branch and how it writes a story.
we all know that a branch can not write a story
There are many different type of metaphors such as Simile, personification, anthropomorphism,
hyperbole, parable, fable, animism, and analogy.
A Simile is comparing two unlike things using "like or as."
There are five blind men standing around the elephant saying different things about the elephant comparing him to different types of things
An example"An elephant is like a disconnected phone line." I think the reason why the man said the
elephant tail was like a disconnected phone line because most phones always have a short in the wire
and the elephant will always have a short tail.
Personification: The Attribution of personal qualities; especially
representation of a thing or abstraction as a person or by the human form.
the example here is a poem called "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath.
I am silver and exact.
I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful.
The last sentence Sylvia Plath states that "i am not cruel,only truthful i agree with 100%
because most of the people in this world are cruel because they have no type of love because.
They haven't been loved growing up as a child
then They have the cruel people that isn't bad but is always telling the truth on how they feel about
something that's bothering them about a specific person.
Anthropomorphism:is used with God or gods. The act of attributing human forms or qualities to an entities which are not human. Specifically,
anthropomorphism is the describing of gods or goddesses in human forms and possessing human characteristics such as jealousy, hatred, or love.
Mythologies of ancient peoples were almost entirely concerned with anthropomorphic gods.
The Greek gods such as Zeus and Apollo often were depicted in anthropomorphic forms. The avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu possessed human forms and qualities.
Current religious holds that is not logical to describe the Christian God, who is believed to be omnipotent and omnipresent, as human.
However, it is extremely difficult for the average person to picture or discuss God or the gods without an anthropomorphic framework.
In art and literature, anthropomorphism frequently depicts deities in human or animal forms possessing the qualities of sentiment, speech and reasoning. A.G.H.
This reminds me of the old Mark Twain quotation "God created man in his image, and man, being a gentleman, returned the compliment."
Hyperbole:Is exaggeration or overstatement.
I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.
He's as big as a house.
Parable: Is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.
A statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like.
Fable: The word "fable" comes from the Latin "fabula" (a "story"), itself derived from "fari" ("to speak") with the -ula suffix that signifies "little": hence, a "little story".
Though in its original sense "fable" denotes a brief, succinct story that is meant to impart a moral lesson, in a pejorative sense, a "fable" may be a deliberately invented
or falsified account of an event or circumstance. Similarly, a non-authorial person who, wittingly or not, tells "tall tales," may be termed a "confabulation".
An author of fables is termed a "fabulists," and the word "fabulous," strictly speaking, "pertains to a fable or fables." In recent decades, however, "fabulous"
has come frequently to be used in the quite different meaning of "excellent" or "outstanding
Analogy: is the comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship. The key is to ascertain the relationship between the first so you can choose the correct second pair.
Part to whole, opposites, results of are types of relationships you should find.
hot is to cold as fire is to ice OR hot:cold::fire:ice
This metaphor is from a poem named "Success Is Counted Sweetest" by Emily Dickinson . This metaphor to me means that success can be the best feeling.
It feels good to accomplish something, and if you've ever came close to succeeding at anything then you would understand and know the feeling of success.
"I took my power in my hand
And went against the world"
This poem is called "I Took My Power in My Hand" and it is also by Emily Dickinson. This metaphor to me means that in order to do what you feel and
believe in then you must go by your own rules. Go for what you believe in. Take power in your own hands and go against what other people say and go by what you say.
l(a le af fa ll s) one l lines
This poem is not like the others. It's more confusing and deep, but yet so simple. The first thing I noticed was how it's written. It's written vertically,
which makes it more difficult to read and understand. If I put the letters horizontally is makes it more easier. It spells out "loneliness"
and in parentheses l(aleaffalls)one line "a leaf falls". When I put it in a better way for me to understand. It's simply explaining how when a leaf falls , it falls alone which would equal to loneliness. I like this poem because it's sort of like a puzzle. I have to figure out what it actually says for me to understand it.
All these poems show some sort of metaphor. For an example, in the Robert Herrick poem , he explains how she is the queen of flowers. A queen is royal, worth so much , nobody is above a queen. So the woman is not literally a queen of flowers, it's a metaphor. He is expressing her beauty, saying she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Through comparison they use what we know to help us understand what we don't know.
A Classroom is a metpahor for me. There are always new lessons to learn. I feel like everyday something new happens in my life that I need to learn from. Learning a lesson everyday helps me become a better person.
© Kimberly Vanderburg 2011