ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
April 18, 2002
Good writing uses metaphor. Metaphor "transfers" or
"carries across" ideas. Metaphor is used when we notice how
something resembles another thing. If we notice and make a comparison we
are using metaphor. If we use metaphors well, our writing will carry
more meaning and emotion.
Three Kinds of Metaphor
Metaphor: The moon in the sky is a
big pizza pie. No, not actually, but the comparison is
understandable as a pizza is round and so is the moon.
Simile: My love is like a red red
rose. In simile, the comparison uses the words "like" or
"as." Simile is a special kind of metaphor that more directly
compares two things.
Personification: The clouds cry. The
angry sun. In these examples, the "clouds" and
"sun" have taken on human emotions. This is called
Think about the past two years. Describe this period as being like
travelling on a road. Where did the road take you? When did you start?
Use three metaphors in a short paragraph about this period in your life.
(try to use one metaphor, one simile, and one personification if you
The road I have taken since September 11 is full of hidden dangers.
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