Questions tagged [metaphor]

This tag should be used for questions about the usage of metaphors, a type of figure of speech that refers to one thing by mentioning another thing to for example show similarities between the two things and thereby helps the reader understand the idea that the author wants to express.

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Creating metaphors in poetry

When writing poetry, is there a known method of some kind that exists that makes it easy to turn a concept I'd like to illustrate into a metaphor? If so, please elaborate as much as possible. EDIT:...
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How to Write a Good Metaphor

I struggle with metaphors. My attempts are either so wild that no-one understands them, so lame that they break down really easily or so normal that they are indistinguishable from cliché. I read the ...
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What qualities should a good metaphor have?

What makes an individual metaphor a good illustration of a complex idea as opposed to a "bad" metaphor that doesn't do the job of painting a picture with alternate words?
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How to use metaphors and similes in a good dose?

If you know me well, you will know that I use too many metaphors and similes. Everybody, keeps telling me to tone it down, but when I try, I tone it down too much. Is there a way to use metaphors and ...