Metaphors

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  1. callmebob

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    Any good ideas/examples for metaphor lessons. Understanding them, writing them, using them in poetry. Any resources would be great; writing is not my specialty.
     
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    Metaphors are a pain in the neck. A thorn in my side. Metaphors are the bastard child of figurative speech. Metaphors are a roadblock to standardized test passage. They are the Sick Man of Europe, the Russian Winter, and the Munich Agreement all rolled up in one.

    But on the other hand, Metaphors can be your north, your south, your east and west. They can be your noon, your midnight, your talk and your song. Metaphors can be your working week and Sunday rest.

    Metaphors also smell like Teen Spirit. (Oh, wait, that's a simile).
     
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    Sarge--I'm reviewing metaphors and similes with my grade 7 and 8s this week, can I quote you?
     
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    Go for it. Can you find all of the historical, literary, and pop culture references?
     
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    Wait...I have to think?
     
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    Use lyrics to famous songs-they love that!!!!!!
     
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    I beg to differ, though, Sarge, on one point: Metaphor isn't the bastard child of figurative speech, but rather the fair-haired child.

    Other than that, you've rung all the changes.
     
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    I'm stealing this for my oldest son, who's currently having issues with this issue.
     
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    mm, I'm crushed: you didn't have him ask me?
     
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    We do a wetlands activity called Wetland Metaphors. I use it to tie science and ELA. I have a bag filled with "stuff" and they find a way to make a metaphor about weltands (this is at the end of our wetlands unit). For example, a pillow might be "wetlands are a resting place for migrating birds, etc.
    I googled metaphor games and got a ton of hits, including a great powerpoint that I saved. To me, metaphors and similes are something you get by doing, and doing a lot.
    Oh, and Sarge, I so copied and pasted your post. It was awesome!
     
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    Well, since it just came up this week.....
     
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    My favorite poem - 'Fog comes on little cat feet' ..... It paints such a picture from that metaphor.
     
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    Eliot's got a similar image:

    The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the windowpanes,
    The yellow fog that rubs its muzzle on the windowpanes...
     

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