What is a metaphor?
A metaphor uses the ideas and characteristics of one object to describe another object.
|He has a heart of stone||stone = cold and no emotion|
his heart = cold and no emotion
|Love is war||war = filled with pain and death|
love = filled with pain and death
These metaphors are common and have become ‘figures of speech’ in English
|he has a heart of stone||love is war|
|he has the heart of a lion||love is a battlefield|
|time is money||life is a rollercoaster|
|her voice was like music to his ears||life is a journey|
|a blanket of snow covered the streets||you reek of failure|
|you light up my life||she froze on stage|
You can use metaphors to describe actions. To do this think of an interesting idea of something to compare it with.
|Yesterday she killed me at cards.||The game was like a murder|
|When she heard he was single, she pounced on him, trapping him under her paws, refusing to let him go.||She acted like a cat jumping on a mouse|
|Arriving in Shanghai he opened a new chapter in his life. He waited to find out how the story would turn out.||His life was like a book|
1. Use your imagination to create simple metaphors using the following:
Life is ….
Learning English is….
….is a summer’s day
…is a kick in the teeth
2. Try to make metaphors of action to describe:
a) falling in love
b) watching a fight
c) having a dream come true