Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday is Journaling


A metaphore is a figure of speech in which a specific word or phrase is used to suggest a similarity between two unrelated objects or ideas. They are a powerful tool for journaling and creative writing. They can add color, depth and meaning to your writing or art work, and they allow for interpretation. William Shakespere was a master of the metaphors, as seen in this snippit from Sonnet 18:

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate"

Don't confuse a metaphor with a simile, which is is a comparison using "like" or "as". Here 's an example of both:

Simile: Her face was as pale as the moon

Metaphor: Her face is the moon, lighting up the darkened room

Metaphor is a well that never goes dry... once you have decided to tap it.

Today's task: Create your own metaphors for use in your art work. Choose one concreate item or idea or phrase and pair it with a figurative item, idea or phrase. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • My heart is a _________. (flower garden, glass vase, etc)

  • My smile is a _________. (flash of lightening, cool breeze, etc)

  • Life with you is a ________. (sunny day, stormy sea, etc)

  • Those memories are ______.(raindrops, musical notes, etc)

  • Your face is a ______. (thunderhead, lit firecracker, etc)

  • She thinks love is ______. (frozen ice, gooey syrup, etc)

  • Our home is a ______. (sanctuary, prison, etc)

  • The day was a _______. (never ending nightmare, carnival of delights, etc)


Give it a try! See you next Monday for more Journaling fun.


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