Make a poem of at least nine lines using metaphors. 

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I can’t write a poem for you, but I can give you some tips and ideas.  The first thing you need is a topic.  What is something you would like to write about?  It could be a thing like a dog, car, or favorite place.  It could also be a concept or something abstract like friendship, peace, or bravery.  Whatever you choose, including metaphors will be easy to do.

According to dictionary.reference.com, a metaphor is “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.”  In other words, compare two things that are not alike to create a larger meaning to show how they resemble each other.

Make sure the two things you are comparing are different.  For example, it wouldn’t be an effective metaphor if you said, “Rain is a river from the sky.”  Rain and rivers are both made of water and aren't drastically different.  “The rain were bullets hitting the windshield” is a better metaphor because rain and bullets are two different things.  The comparison to bullets suggests that the rain is hard, loud, and powerful.   

Begin by making a list of things or ideas where you compare your topic to something else.  Be sure to extend your metaphor to a phrase; it will be more descriptive to elaborate on the comparison.  Once you have a good list of comparisons, you can start to write your poem using metaphors.

Here’s an example:

Friendship---------------a warm blanket wrapped around my shoulders, a circus full of tricks and high wire acts, a blooming flower in the sunlight.

Using visual imagery and literary devices such as metaphors, you will be able to write a poem that has meaning for you and one that will also touch your reader.

 

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