Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting The Bar With Creative Metaphors
(posted by Bjorn)
“In the dictionary metaphor means a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.
The metaphor as a literary device is very much related to the simile, where the author use the figure of speech as a comparison rather than a direct image. The simile is more like a carbon copy than the original in my view.
Today I want you to:
Avoid similes, do not use the words “like” or “as”
Avoid cliches and idioms
The metaphor should be well-known and detailed
For instance Pablo Neruda use a salt rose instead of a rose, and “arrow of carnations” in his famous Sonnet XVII (yes I know that it’s a simile, but still the imagery goes way beyond any normal flowery language).
Another example of excellent metaphors is Tomas Tranströmer in his poem After a Death uses many metaphors to describe mourning. A snowy TV-picture, the drop of water on a telephone lines and pages torn from old telephone directories. Notice that the images are also exact and will put us right into the mind of the author.”
Here are some of mine:
Her face was a cracked mirror,
shards reflecting her seven years
of hard luck.
The drawers of his heart
held dreams never realized,
love unrequited. All knobs
were tightly fastened.
His rubber band arms stretched
around her waist,