What is a metaphor?

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โˆ™ 2018-03-19 10:43:08

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Metaphors are comparisons between two dissimilar things. The use of a metaphor is a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining, sometimes easier to understand.

Similes are a specific type of metaphor that use the words "as" or "like" to make a comparison; a simple metaphor states that something is something else.

For example,

"Bob ran like the wind" This is a simile.

Because the sentence compares Bob's running ability to the wind it is a metaphor. Because it makes the comparison using the word "like," it is a simile.

"Bob is a purebred racehorse."

"Life is a journey."

"Time is a thief."

These are all metaphors (but not similes), as they say that each thing is something that, quite obviously, it is not (and does not make the comparison using the words like or as.)

All metaphors consist of two parts: the vehicle and the tenor. The vehicle is the figurative expression, that is the concept, idea, or thing that is being used to make the comparison. The tenor is the idea that is illustrated or illuminated by the vehicle.

For instance: in the sentence "Life is a journey," journey is the vehicle, and Life is the tenor.

Beyond the simple metaphor and similes, there are actually many different types or expressions of metaphors. Some of these include:

  • absolute
  • burlesque
  • catachretic
  • complex (or telescoped)
  • conceptual (or generative)
  • conventional
  • creative
  • dead
  • extended
  • grammatical
  • mixed
  • ontological
  • personification
  • primary
  • root
  • structural
  • submerged
  • therapeutic
  • visual
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A figure of speech in which one thing is said to be another

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โˆ™ 2014-10-26 21:00:57

Metipher is not an English word

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โˆ™ 2014-10-27 16:45:35

You may want to ask what a "metaphor" is.

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