Jocelyn Schaefer

Definition: "a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance"

My definition/explanation: A metaphor is a saying or phrase that over exaggerates something because it is not literal, it lets you see for feel what the writer is talking about.


A metaphor compares two things without using like or as.

A common example: "You're fishing in troubled waters", It does not mean literally fishing, it means you are looking for something that is going to be very difficult to find.

Another example:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

This is an example in poetry. This is part of the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. What he is trying to say is that he does things differently than normal people and that has made the biggest difference in his life. There weren't really two roads for him to decide to take, he is explaining how he has "traveled" his life.

Works Cited

"Metaphor.", n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

"Metaphor Examples." Metaphor Examples. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

Nordquist, Richard. "What Is AÂ Metaphor?" Grammar & Composition. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.