Three metaphors of your choice. Examples of Metaphor

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Metaphor and Simile Practice

Read the following examples and recreate and complete the chart in your notes for three metaphors of your choice.

Examples of Metaphor

  1. The detective listened to her tales with a wooden face.

  2. She was fairly certain that life was a fashion show.

  3. The typical teenage boy’s room is a disaster area.

  4. What storms then shook the ocean of my sleep.

  5. The children were roses grown in concrete gardens, beautiful and forlorn.

  6. Kisses are the flowers of love in bloom.

  7. His cotton candy words did not appeal to her taste.

  8. Kathy arrived at the grocery store with an army of children.

  9. Her eyes were fireflies.

  10. He wanted to set sail on the ocean of love but he just wasted away in the desert.

  11. I was lost in a sea of nameless faces.

  12. John’s answer to the problem was just a Band-Aid, not a solution.

  13. The cast on Michael’s broken leg was a plaster shackle.

  14. Cameron always had a taste for the fruit of knowledge.

  15. The promise between us was a delicate flower.

  16. He’s a rolling stone, and it’s bred in the bone.

  17. He pleaded for her forgiveness but Janet’s heart was cold iron.

  18. She was just a trophy to Ricardo, another object to possess.

  19. The path of resentment is easier to travel than the road to forgiveness.

  20. Katie’s plan to get into college was a house of cards on a crooked table.

  21. The wheels of justice turn slowly.

  22. Hope shines–a pebble in the gloom.

  23. She cut him down with her words.

  24. The job interview was a rope ladder dropped from heaven.

  25. Her hair was a flowing golden river streaming down her shoulders.

  26. The computer in the classroom was an old dinosaur.

  27. Laughter is the music of the soul.

  28. David is a worm for what he did to Shelia.

  29. The teacher planted the seeds of wisdom.

  30. Phyllis, ah, Phyllis, my life is a gray day

Example chart


What is being compared?

The detective listened to her tales with a wooden face.

The expression on the detective’s face is being compared to wood.

Descriptors mind map

Why is the metaphor effective?

Hard Unchanging Unresponsive


Unexpressive Silent

The use of the word wooden to describe the detective’s face, suggests that s/he is silently and unresponsively listening to the woman. Along with the use of the word “tales” to describe her story, the “wooden face” suggests the detective’s hard attitude and mistrust.

Read the following examples and recreate and complete the chart in your notes for three similes of your choice.

Examples of Simile

  1. Food?”  Chris inquired, popping out of his seat like a toaster strudel.

  2. Grandpa lounged on the raft in the middle of the pool like an old battleship.

  3. If seen from above the factory, the workers would have looked like clock parts.

  4. The truth was like a bad taste on his tongue.

  5. The people who still lived in the town were stuck in place like wax statues.

  6. Cassie talked to her son about girls as though she were giving him tax advice.

  7. Alan’s jokes were like flat soda to the children, surprisingly unpleasant.

  8. My mother’s kitchen was like a holy place: you couldn’t wear your shoes, you had to sit there at a certain time, and occasionally we’d pray.

  9. The bottle rolled off the table like a teardrop.

  10. The handshake felt like warm laundry.

  11. She hung her head like a dying flower.

  12. Arguing with her was like dueling with hand grenades.

  13. The classroom was as quiet as a tongue-tied librarian in a hybrid car.

  14. Janie’s boyfriend appreciated her as an ape might appreciate an algebra book.

  15. The clouds were like ice-cream castles in the sky.

  16. The shingles on the shack shook in the storm winds like scared children.

  17. When he reached the top of the hill, he felt as strong as a steel gate.

  18. When the tree branch broke, Millie fell from the limb like a robin’s egg.

  19. She swam through the waters like she was falling through a warm dream.

  20. They children ran like ripples through water.

  21. Mikhail scattered his pocket change in front of the beggars like crumbs of bread.

  22. Her hair was as soft as a spider web.

  23. Each dollar bill was a like a magic wand to cast away problems.

  24. The man held the blanket like a memory.

  25. The ice sculptor’s hands fluttered like hummingbird wings.

  26. I’m about as awesome as a flying giraffe.

  27. You are soft as the nesting dove.

  28. Andre charged down the football field like it was the War of 1812.

  29. The stars looked like stupid little fish.

  30. Her laughter was like a warm blanket or a familiar song.

Example chart


What is being compared?

“Food?” Chris inquired, popping out of his seat like a toaster strudel.

The way Chris jumps up is compared to a toaster strudel popping out of the toaster.

Descriptors mind map

Why is the simile effective?

Convenience food Fake Quick


Sweet Enjoyed by young people

Not haut cuisine

The simile works well, because the topic of the conversation actually revolves around food. Comparing Chris’s enthusiasm to a toaster strudel shows how he is not focused on quality food, but anything quick and sweet. The choice of a convenience food as a simile suggests that Chris is young and busy so it communicates something about his character.

Identifying Metaphors and Similes

Metaphor: an indirect, or implied, comparison between two unlike things (eg. storm of grief)

Simile: a direct comparison between two unlike things using “like” or “as” (eg. she carried herself like a goddess)

Read each of the following literary devices and indicate if it is an example of metaphor (M) or simile (S).

1. We are all shadows on the wall of time. M

2. The music burst like a bent-up flood. S

3. The curtains stir as with an ancient pain.

4. But now her hands like moonlight brush the keys with velvet grace.

5. My heart swelled with a sea of tears.

6. When the teacher leaves her litte realm, she breaks her wand of power apart.

7. The Moo Cow’s tail is a piece of rope all raveled out where it grows.

8. My dreams are flowers to which you are a bee.

9. I flitted like a dizzy moth.

10. The clouds sailed across the sky.

11. The flowers were as soft as thoughts of budding love.

12. Each flame of the fire is a precious stone belonging to all who gaze upon it.

13. The gray of the sea, and the gray of the sky, / A glimpse of the moon like a half-closed eye.

14. And therefore I went forth with hope and fear into the wintry forest of our life.

15. Yes, the doors are locked and the ashes are white as the frost.

16. A mist about your beauty clings like a thin cloud before a star.

17. My words are chains of lead.

18. But into her face there came a flame; / I wonder could she have been thinking the same?

19. She went like snow in the springtime on a sunny hill.

20. Then I knew those tiny voices, clear as drops of dew.

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