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What is a Metaphor?


A metaphor is there to make an even stronger image in the reader's head by describing a place, subject or object as something unlikely.

Example of Using a Metaphor in a Sentence:

He was a speeding bullet.

A sea of trouble.

Drowning in debt.

Two nouns that are compared or contrast each other:

I am a rainbow.

The world is a stage.

Her eyes were glistening jewels.

Metaphors are used in poetry to create different effects, to create an image of comparison in your thoughts.

Why don't you try writing a poem using metaphors and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry terms other than a metaphor visit our poetry glossary – poetry terms.

Poetry Terms

Adjective Kenning Poetry Slam Rhythm
Alliteration Metaphor Powerful Verbs Simile
Anthology Meter Prose Stanza
Assonance Onomatopoeia Refrain Syllable
Chorus Oxymoron Repetition Synonym
Consonance Personification Rhyme Verb
Envoi Poetry Rhyming Couplet Verse
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