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Make a Metaphor Posted by on May 12, 2012 in English Grammar, English Language

Hello there! I hope that you have been having an enjoyable week. Today I have a poem for you. It is called What is the Sun? and is written by Wes Magee. Have a read through it. If you feel confident enough go ahead and read it aloud.

What is the Sun?

the Sun is an orange dinghy

sailing across a calm sea

it is a gold coin

dropped down a drain in Heaven

the Sun is a yellow beach ball

kicked high into the summer sky

it is a red thumb-print

on a sheet of pale blue paper

the Sun is a milk bottle’s gold top

floating in a puddle

This poem has a lot of metaphors for the sun. A metaphor is something described as if it were something else. It is like a simile but does not include the words like or as.

The simplest form of metaphor is: “The [first thing] is a [second thing].” For example, one metaphor you often hear people say is “my father is a rock.” They don’t actually mean that their father is a grey piece of stone in their garden. They mean that there father is strong and reliable, just like a rock is strong and reliable because it takes a lot to make it change size and shape.

How many metaphors can you spot in the poem above about the sun? You might even like to make a list of them.

If you would like some practice with metaphors, why not try some of the following activities:

  • rewrite one of the metaphors in the poem above changing the metaphor into a simile
  • write a few sentences about one of the metaphors above explaining what the author meant
  • use the pattern of the poem to create your own poem filled with metaphors – here are some titles that might inspire your poem”
    • What is a tree?
    • What is the rain?
    • What is a cloud?
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  1. Rob Yarnall:

    Hi Heather
    Please use the correct spelling of there/their in the second paragraph after the poem. Sorry to be picky but this is an English language blog after all. Otherwise a good blog, thanks.

    • Transparent Language:

      @Rob Yarnall You are absolutely correct, Rob, and thanks for pointing it out. It’s been fixed.

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