A metaphor is a comparison between two different things that don't use the wordasoas.Metaphors can be powerful, but they can also be difficult to define at times.This page contains 100 examples of metaphors.
Compare two different things WITHOUT using the wordasoas.
I've separated the metaphors on this page into two lists. The first list contains metaphors that are easier to understand and identify. We'll call these "easy metaphors", although they may not be easy to understand. The second list contains fifty metaphors that are more difficult to understand. We will call these “difficult metaphors”. Another way to think of it would be likea list of metaphors for children and adults.Without further ado, here is the list of easy metaphors:
Examples of metaphors for intermediate readers
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- The detective listened to his stories with a poker face.
- She was sure that life was a fashion show.
- The typical teenager's bedroom is a disaster area.
- What storms then shook the ocean of my dream!
- Children were roses that grew in cement gardens, beautiful and sad.
- Kisses are the flowers of love in bloom.
- His cotton candy words didn't sit well with her taste.
- Kathy arrived at the supermarket with an army of children.
- His eyes were fireflies.
- He wanted to sail on the ocean of love, but he was consumed in the desert.
- I got lost in a sea of nameless faces.
- John's answer to the problem was just a Band-Aid, not a solution.
- The cast on Michael's broken leg was a plaster cast.
- Cameron has always enjoyed the fruit of knowledge.
- The promise between us was a delicate flower.
- It's a rolling stone and it's bred to the bone.
- He begged for her forgiveness, but Janet's heart was cold iron.
- She was just a trophy for Ricardo, one more object to own.
- The path of resentment is easier to walk than the path of forgiveness.
- Katie's plan for getting into college was a house of cards on a crooked table.
- The wheels of justice slowly turn.
- Hope shines, a stone in the dark.
- She cut him off with her words.
- The job interview was a rope ladder out of nowhere.
- Her hair was a golden river flowing down her shoulders.
- The classroom computer was an old dinosaur.
- Laughter is the music of the soul.
- David is a worm for what he did to Shelia.
- The teacher planted the seeds of wisdom.
- Phyllis, oh Phyllis, my life is a gray day
- Each blade of grass was a small bayonet pointed firmly at our bare feet.
- Heat daggers pierced his black T-shirt.
- Let your eyes drink in that beaten sky.
- The drums of time sounded and ceased.
- His hope was a fragile seed.
- Whenninja robot squadcame on TV, the boys were glued to their seats.
- Words are the weapons with which we strike.
- She let such beautiful pearls of wisdom slip out of her mouth without even knowing it.
- Scars are the roadmap to the soul.
- The quarterback threw nothing but rockets and bombs down the field.
- We are all shadows on the wall of time.
- My heart was filled with a sea of tears.
- When the teacher leaves her little kingdom, she breaks her wand of power.
- The bully cow's tail is a frayed piece of twine on which it grows.
- My dreams are flowers for which you are a bee.
- Clouds streaked across the sky.
- Each flame of fire is a precious stone that belongs to all who look upon it.
- And so I went out in hope and fear into the winter forest of our lives.
- My words are lead chains.
- But on his face a flame appeared; / I wonder if she could be thinking the same thing.
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Examples of metaphors for advanced readers
Here are fifty more challenging examples of metaphors. Bars indicate line breaks.
- Light flows into the midnight sky bowl, purple, amber and pink.
- Men don't court death when there's still sweets in life to taste.
- In capitalism, money is the lifeblood of society, but charity is the soul.
- whose world is but the quiver of a flame, / and the sky like the path to a shell,
- Fame is the perfume of deeds, / Of the flowers of chivalry and not of weeds!
- So I sit twirling still, around this decaying form, the thin threads of strange and subtle thoughts.
- And snap of rope and ring of chain /
They are music for men who sail better.
- There's still the school on the road, a ragged homeless man sunning himself.
- The child was our lonely prayer to an empty sky.
- Blind fools of fate and slaves of circumstance, / Life is a fiddler and we must all dance.
- Grind the gentle spirit of our harmless reviews into a powdered foam of salt abuse.
- Laugh a drink from the deep blue sky cup.
- Think about it now: the story has a lot of clever passages and planned corridors.
- You are now in London, that great sea whose ebb and flow is both dull and noisy,
- His wit makes such a wound that the knife is lost in it.
- Waves of spam emails flooded your inbox.
- In the temple of my heart I place these votive wreaths of withered memory.
- He cast a net of words in bright colors to catch the day's idle touches.
- This job is the cancer of my dreams and aspirations.
- This song will be your rose, soft, fragrant and without thorns that hurt your chest.
- There, someone whose voice was a poisoned melody.
- A sweetness seems to linger among the remains of past sorrows.
- So in this dark room we call life,
- Life is the night with its teeming dream visions, / Death is the awakening of the day.
- Then the lips relax their tension.
and the pipe starts to slip, /
until in little clouds of ash,
falls gently to your side.
- The old days: when your smile for me was wine, your word of praise was golden.
- Its tones are silvery in sound.
- Below us the brown earth / Ancient and strong, / The best bed for vagrants;
- Love is a guest that comes, uninvited, / But coming, it asserts its right;
- My House of Life is stained with age.
- He sees the sun in the distance, a wrinkled orange in a darkened sky;
- Three pines stretched darkly, runners in a race invisible to anyone.
- But the rare herb Oblivion hides from me.
- The yellow cornflower field is a scarf around the tanned woman's neck
- Life: a lighted window and a closed door.
- Some days my thoughts are buds hanging from dripping branches in the gray forests of my mind.
- Men and women walk down the street, happy in the resplendent sapphire weather.
- The existing swan is a song with accompaniment.
- At night the lake is a vast, unimaginative silence.
- The cherry trees are seas of flowers and soft perfume and sweet perfume.
- The great golden apples of light hang from the long branch of the street, shedding their light on the faces that float below, on the faces that float and blow.
- The evening rose falls from its blue vase.
- When in the mines of dark and silent thought / Sometimes I dig and find strange fantasies,
- The branches were placed under a veil of willows.
- He seized and cut ropes, pieces of sail, / Thinking comfort was a fairy tale,
- Oh Moon, your light is fading and now you are nothing but an arch.
- Life is a night's dream, a fear among fears, / A naked runner lost in a storm of spears.
- This world of life is a devastated garden.
- And so I went out, in hope and fear / Into the winter woods of our life;
- My soul was a sea without a lamp and she was the storm.
Common Core State Standards Related to Metaphor
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4– Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings and analyzing how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5– Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, relationships between words and nuances in word meaning.
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ELA Standards: Literature
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4– Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (eg Herculeus).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhyming and other sound repetitions (e.g., alliteration) on a specific line or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (eg, how language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4– Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or particularly new, engaging, or beautiful language. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
ELA Standards: Language
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5– Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, relationships between words and nuances in word meaning.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a– Explain the meaning of similes and simple metaphors (eg as beautiful as a picture) in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b– Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages and proverbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a– Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b– Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages and proverbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a– Interpreting figures of speech (eg personification) in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a– Interpret rhetorical figures (eg literary, biblical and mythological allusions) in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a– Interpret figures of speech (eg verbal irony, puns) in context.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a– Interpret rhetorical figures (eg euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a– Interpret rhetorical figures (eg hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
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