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Metaphors & Similes

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Benjamin Fugitt

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Transcript of Metaphors & Similes

Figurative Language
Poetry Vocabulary


A figure of speech that makes a direct comparison
between two un-like things,
without the use of like or as.
A figure of speech that compares two un-like things
and uses
The glacier was a monster.
That piece of cake
is heaven!
Your turn:
1. In your notebook write down 2 of your own metaphors.
Many poems have
extended metaphors.
These are metaphors that
extend through multiple sentences
or an entire poem.
Often a poem itself
is a metaphor,
meaning it represents another idea.
A metaphor that continues over multiple sentences, and that is sometimes extended throughout an entire work
Extended Metaphor:
“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.

-Emily Dickinson
Extended metaphor example
in poetry:
“But if you was LeBron James then I’d be Dwyane Wade
We both graduated at the same time from the same grade
He was at the head of the class, on TV with celebrity acts,
But that champion ring was one thing you never could grasp,
I was slightly rated lower had to fight to gain exposure
and that might’ve made me slower
but now I have taken over
And I’m down in Miami’s Heat,
living my boyhood dreams
And for you to do what I’ve done,
you’d have to join MY team!”

-Iron Solomon
Extended metaphor example
in hip-hop:
Life is like a
box of chocolate.
It was as clear as a crystal.
Your turn:
1. In your notebook write down 2 of your own similes.
Let's practice...
Katy Perry
Write down:
1 metaphor
1 simile
More examples
Life is a piece of bubble gum.
It starts off fresh and juicy, with plenty of zip
and gallons of give, and a million bubbles
just waiting to be popped.
But then, the taste goes sour and turns to glue.
It sticks to your teeth and tightens your jaws.
And the only thing to do is toss it in the trash.
Love is a burning candle
It's not always easy to handle
It burns, but it's still beautiful
And it makes celebrations oh so meaningful

It's a sunset
Burning with romance

Your turn:
People Poem
People Poem
1. Choose one of your favorite people - that you know personally.
2. Think about why they are special to you.
3. You will write a poem (10 line minimum) about that person.
4. You will incorporate similes and metaphors.
Miss Ilcyn's Metaphor Poem:
I am an orange sparking citrus soda-pop.
I am sweet, but have a tendency to get bitter.
An elephant with a big personality,
but a true and gentle soul.
With dreams that seem so real, I believe I can make them all come true.
Remembered by actions and accomplishments,
trying not to stand out by words regretted.
Sitting in my old, rickety rocking chair.
Old in age, but more comforting over time.
My heart beats like a drum in my chest,
playing songs for all who desire to listen.
Jealousy is a sharp knife puncturing the skin.
It’s the ring of the phone and another girl’s voice on the other end.
Jealousy is watching the man of your dreams checking out another girl,
It’s the sweet aroma of peach blossoms spoiled by someone else’s perfume.
Jealousy is a dry empty kiss.

You don't have to write complete sentences.
Brainstorm about your person before you write:
-What do they look like?
-What do they do?
-How do they make you feel?
-What reminds you of that person?
Miss Ilcyn's People Poem
Wise, soft spoken,
and always from the heart.
The patience and bravery of a lion,
slowly, calmly, waiting
to jump on it's prey.
Her words of wisdom never cease to amaze me,
unfathomable like the 8th world wonder.
The serial number remains on her arm as a daily reminder
of the branding that took place.
Unstoppable she was,
inspiring, planning, leading and accomplishing
an escape from the concentration camp.
The camp, like a scene from the apocalypse:
The beauty of the world and it's people
disintegrating into a wasteland.
My Grandma,
she is beautiful, powerful, motivational.
She is my Grandma.

Your turn:
People Poem
1. 10-15 lines.
2. Two similes and Two metaphors.
3. Use of 3 senses.
4. Underline each device that is used.
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under?
Scream but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
Similes in Hip-Hop
"Like a circle of knives, I got the sharpest flow around" --Lil Wayne

"My rhymes are like shot clocks,
interstate cops
and blood clots,
my point is your flow gets stopped."
- Talib Kweli

"RRRRROAW RRRROAW like a dungeon dragon,
change your little drawers because your pants are saggin'."
- Busta Rhymes
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