Writing Worksheet – Metaphors & Similes (PDF)
Metaphors and similes: without them poetry would be prosy, religion would be non-existent and opiates would be indescribable. A good metaphor is more than a literary device; it can shift someone’s entire perception of a situation, often with memorable and lasting effect.
Metaphors and similes are slippery in syntax and connotation, and I have a vague sense that they are probably more often the result of a flash of genius than of careful construction, but I have read enough vacuous poetry to know that it can’t hurt to give them some extra love and attention.
Here are a few of my favourite metaphors and similes:
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. – Khalil Gibran
Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor. – Wallace Stevens
The Possible’s slow fuse is lit
/ By the Imagination. – Emily Dickinson
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. – Henry David Thoreau
The word ‘now’ is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks. – Arthur Miller
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