Friday, March 23, 2007

What's a Metaphor - not a meta tag but a metaphor

We are looking at ways to improve our writing skills. Here’s another. You’ve all heard of metaphors haven’t you? My dictionary describes them this way:
Metaphors: A figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used as one thing is applied to another.

Try this: On the left side of a piece of paper list tangible nouns (touchable) like flood, cement block, fork, spoon, knife, ocean, steam engine, snow flake— you get the idea. Then on the right hand side list of the same sheet of paper list intangible nouns (things you can’t touch like ideas) such as silence, respect, hunger, tired, beauty, nice, cold,

Got them – I hope you added more than just what I have listed, but even if you didn’t try taking a tangible noun and combining it with an intangible noun to make a metaphor of you own.

How about this: Spoonful of respect, or Ocean of desire, steam engine of lust….okay your turn. Let’s see what you can create.

If you get some you like, why not share them in the comments below and we’ll have a creatively unique pool of ideas to use to spark our writing with new metaphors. Go ahead give it a whirl, you don’t have to be a poet to speak in metaphors.

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