A Metaphors is a word or phrase that is used to make a comparison between two people, things, animals, or places. They can be very helpful for kids who are learning the meaning of specific words because they provide a more visual description of the word or thought.
Like similes, metaphors are words used to compare other words. The difference between the two is that in metaphors, a thing is equated with what it is compared to.
Metaphors add some spicy ingredients to your composition.
- The man is like a lion - this is a simile
- The man is a lion - is a metaphor
Notice that while in a simile one person or thing is likened to another, in a metaphor one person or thing is equated with the other.
Some Examples are:
- The snow is a white blanket.
- America is a melting pot.
- Her lovely voice was music to his ears.
- Life is a roller coaster.
- The alligator’s teeth are white daggers.
- Their home was a prison.
- His heart is a cold iron.
Look at this conversation here
- I was stung by his remarks. [His remarks are equated with the sting of a bee.]
- The sergeant barked orders to the askaris. [The sergeant is equated with a dog!]
- Francis droned on and on about his father’s achievement.
- She grunted in reply.
Try to identify all the metaphors in this "Peanuts" cartoon strip:
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