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Lara McDonald

on 28 January 2014

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A metaphor that continues over multiple sentences, and that is sometimes extended throughout an entire work.
Why Writers use it:
Extended metaphors allow writers to draw a larger comparison between two things or ideas. They highlight a comparison in a more intense way than simple metaphors or similes.
If someone was unloving, you could simply say that their heart was ice. However, if you wanted to really drive home the point, you might say, “Their heart was icy, their blood frosty."
Perhaps the most famous extended metaphor of all…
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”
-Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Hope by Emily Dickenson
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
We are Hot Dogs
Now Your turn...
Write a song, or poem using extended metaphor. You could:
compare your imagination to a 3 ring circus, or your family to a shipwreck. The possibilities are endless!
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