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.