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What is a Metaphor?

A metaphor is there to make an even stronger image in the reader's head by describing a place, subject or object as something unlikely.

Examples of using a Metaphor in a sentence:

He was a speeding bullet.

A sea of trouble.

Drowning in debt.

Examples of two nouns that are compared or contract each other:

I am a rainbow.

The world is a stage.

Her eyes were glistening jewels.


Metaphors are used in poetry to create different effects, to create an image of comparison in your thoughts.


Why don't you try writing a poem using metaphors and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.