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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.

Example of Using a Metaphor in a Sentence

He was a speeding bullet.

A sea of trouble.

Drowning in debt.

Two nouns that are compared or contrast 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.


Here is a video tutorial for teachers on how to create metaphors - it's great for young writers looking for ideas too! If you like the video, please click the thumbs up button and/or leave a comment on You Tube, thank you!


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