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Metaphors and Extended Metaphors

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Megan Listenbee

on 20 February 2013

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Transcript of Metaphors and Extended Metaphors

Foundation Practice making a metaphor Cool people speak in metaphor too Extended metaphors aren't new, either! Metaphors for more! Extended Metaphors An extended metaphor is just a longer metaphor. It talks about how one subject has many similarities to another subject.

Instead of my love metaphor just being a sentence long like "Love is a bear trap.", I could write an extended metaphor in which I continued to talk about the different ways that love is like a bear trap:

Love is a bear trap. It springs upon the unexpected, catching them in its grip with no hope of release. The ones who fall into it never see it coming, and are changed forever. What is a simile? Make a metaphor for these topics:

1. Life is_____________________________________

2. Love is____________________________________ Metaphors and Extended Metaphors Here is an extended metaphor told my Will Ferrel:

"I graduated from the University of Life. All right? I received a degree from the School of Hard Knocks. And our colors were black and blue, baby. I had office hours with the Dean of Bloody Noses. All right? I borrowed my class notes from Professor Knuckle Sandwich and his Teaching Assistant, Ms. Fat Lip Thon Nyun. That’s the kind of school I went to for real, okay?"
(Will Ferrell, Commencement Address at Harvard University, 2003) This metaphor was written by Shakespeare, and chances are you've heard it or will hear it again before long!: Here's your chance to gain more extra credit for Journal #4! You're not writing notes today
Just listen. Carefully! What is a metaphor? A simile is when you compare two things that aren't alike using the words "like" or "as". For example: Her hair shined like gold in the sun. Notice the word like What is the hair being compared to? A metaphor is another way to compare two things that don't usually have a lot in common. But with a metaphor, you CAN'T use "like" or "as"! She was a walking color wheel, always wearing just about every shade possible, all at once A lot of the time a metaphor starts off my saying that something "Is" something that it obviously isn't.... Why are we saying that she is a color wheel when a person obviously can't be a color wheel? 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,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school... Each row is going to compete for the best extended metaphor. Each person on the front row will start off creating a metaphor for one of the following:

Sadness is_________
Fear is ________
Happiness is ________

After the first person writes the metaphor, they will pass it back to the person behind them, who will extend that metaphor even more!

*Remember: An extended metaphor is where you continue to explain the similarities between the two subjects in your metaphor. Remember, to make it a metaphor, you're saying your subject is something else Some other metaphor examples:

He was a stainless steel ruler, tall, straight and always measured in response.

Her eyes were darting searchlights, scanning the room for her rival.

Broken heart

Light of my life

Feeling blue
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