Have you heard of David Guetta’s «Titanium»? In that song, Sia sang, «I am Titanium.» Of course, we all know that she isn’t made of metal, but flesh and bones. However, she wants to imply that she’s very strong. That’s what you call a «metaphor». It’s a figure of speech describing a person, object or action that isn’t literal in meaning. It can also refer to an idea used as a symbol of something else.
Metaphors appear in poetry, literature and songs. They are used to add colour and make your ideas more interesting. Imagine if you wrote: «The night came.» It’s pretty comprehensible. It simply means «nighttime». But consider writing it this way: «The curtain of the night fell upon us.» It gives you a picture of how night arrived with the kind of darkness that comes from closing a thick curtain. By using a metaphor, you give people a better picture, thus making your thoughts more effective and interesting. It’s also a clever way to make a description.
Popular examples of metaphor include: «you light up my life», «he broke my heart», «she is the apple of my eye», and «I’m feeling blue». Of course, you may also come up with your own. It’s always a great way to show your creativity and imagination. So what are you waiting for? Spice up your language and let your ideas come to life by using metaphors!
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