The metaphor and its uses…
What is a Metaphor?
A metaphor pronounced as (meh-ta-for) is a figure of speech that describes an object or an action in a way that is not literally true but helps to explain an idea or make a comparison. It states that something is something else without using the word ‘like’ or ‘as’
‘her eyes were a sparkling pond‘ the metaphor here shows how beautiful her eyes are.
‘the calm lake was a mirror’
‘kisses are the flowers of affection’
‘her hair was a flowing river’
‘she is a peacock’ showing how proud she actually is.
‘He is an owl’
‘the computers in my school are old dinosaurs’
‘the thunder was a mighty lion’
‘His bad temper was a volcano, ready to explode’
‘their home was a prison’
Baby, you’re a firework’
‘the willow tree is a dancer in the wind’
Metaphors show up in literature, poetry, music, and writing. People often say “metaphorically speaking, that test was a murder”—hence speaking figuratively.
Uses of metaphor—
* They are used to allowing informal knowledge, to coexist with more focused knowledge, giving it a place to b represented. Otherwise, it could remain in the background and be more disruptive. Hence relaxing and giving readers some emotional ease. They could also convey elements of humor.
*They are used to help the listener get the general gist of what the speaker is trying to convey. It spares the speaker from getting their expression precise.
*They help to transfer knowledge between two different domains. This allows the concepts for each of those separate areas to be more precise and Unclustered, but allows the transfers to occur “between the lines”
*Metaphors can also make the writing more interesting. If a writer uses literal language, especially in writing, the work could be dry and boring. As stated above, it helps the reader understand what the writer is trying to convey.
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“…As stated above, it helps the reader understand what the writer is trying to convey.”— Nwakanma Emmanuel Emeka (Meka Wrights)
The metaphor and its uses