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What is a metaphor ?
Definition of a metaphor
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world's a stage” (Shakespeare).
2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: “Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven” (Neal Gabler).
Examples of metaphors
Life is a journey, purposes are destinations, means are routes, difficulties are obstacles, counselors are guides, achievements are landmarks, choices are crossroads..
A lifetime is a day, death is sleep; a lifetime is a year, death is winter..
Life is a struggle, dying is losing a contest against an adversary..
Life is a precious possession, death is a loss..
Time is a thief..
A simile makes a comparison, usually using 'like' or 'as'. A metaphor directly describes something in a way that it isn't in a literal sense.
'The goalkeeper was as solid as a rock' - simile
'The goalkeeper was a rock' - metaphor.
The difference is reflected in the way we feel after we read the words. Many times metaphors portray deeper meaning for the reader.
As for the second part of your response, using a simile and using the term "metaphorically speaking" is technically incorrect because it's simply redundant. People will use a metaphor and add "metaphorically speaking" to assure the listener that they are speaking figuratively not literally. When they use a simile it's already clear that it's figurative.
Someone could say:
"Your brother is a pig" then say "metaphorically speaking" to clear up the fact that we don't literally think the brother is a pig.
When we say "Your brother is like a pig" the word "like" clears up the fact that we don't think he is a literal pig. Thus adding "metaphorically speaking" would only be redundant.
This is why I said it's techinically incorrect.
Metaphor - a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money) (Webster)
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players
They have their exits and their entrances;
The world is like a stage
It is as if people were like actors
they come and go as though they were entering or leaving a stage.
"You are the sunshine of my life"
"her presence warmed the room like the sun"
I guess I am trying to really understand metaphorically speaking how to apply a couple situations regarding my life, family or friends. It seems now that I have a class starting soon, I need to write at least 5 examples of different metaphors.
I just need an example or two to get me to thinking.
Example: I walked up on my so call friend as she was advancing sexual gestures at my husband. Her face was pale as the moon. As...
"Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness."
"For if men do these things when the tree is green what will happen when it is dry?"
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