Why Are Metaphors Important?
Let us begin with metaphors. You might have
heard of them before as great writers use them to create sharp
descriptions. This is done by contrasting two very different
objects that are alike in some way. It is difficult to understand
this term so I suggest closing your eyes and thinking about
the pictures that appear in your mind when you think about the
The wrestler is a monster.
Art is candy for the eye.
Students are busy bees.
The key to writing metaphors is to think of
an object that you would like to describe and find another item
to compare it to but remember it should be something dissimilar
with a certain aspect in common. Metaphors do not use comparison
words in them so avoid terms such as similar to, like, than
Think about why metaphors are important. Bring your
thoughts to class. Also, try to write your own metaphor -- Ms.
Corcoran will be very impressed with your efforts!
Now Why Are Similes Important?
Similes like metaphors are used to compare
two objects in order to help the reader develop a clearer picture.
A simile is similar to a metaphor except for the fact that you
use comparison words, for example, similar to, like, than or
as, to link the two items.
Refer to the examples in the column to the
right. Write a simile of your own to read to the class.