What Does Metaphor Mean?


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Anonymous answered
A metaphor can be described as a literary ‘figure of speech’. Metaphors use a tangible thing, a story or anything else that exists as a way of representing something a little less tangible. Something like a quality or an idea can be represented through tangible means with the use of a metaphor. For instance, people may say that the ocean glistened like jewels, when in fact why they mean is that the ocean was reflecting the sun and emitting some rather attractive looking light.

A metaphor can also be used to represent any rhetorical figures of speak, which are able to achieve their effects by resemblance, comparison or just some kind of association. So for instance, in a broader sense, they would be antitheses, hyperboles, metonymy and similes. These are all kinds of metaphors that are used in the English language.

Aristotle famously used both this sense and the normal, current sense outlined above. With metaphors, however, specific interpretations are not given explicitly and are generally implied to an obvious level - much unlike an analogy.

There are numerous kinds of metaphors, too. A dead metaphor is a particular kind, whereby the sense of a transferred image is not there. For instance, ‘to gather what you have understood’ is a metaphor, as it uses a physical metaphor to describe understanding something. You are not gathering anything at all; you are just making a reference to understanding something. People do not visualise that action, so dead metaphors are known to just go unnoticed.

A mixed metaphor is another kind, which leaps from one identification to a second identification which is completely inconsistent with the first instance. Wikipedia offers this example: ‘If we can hit that bullseye then the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards…Checkmate’. This is a quote from Futurama.
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amber Jhon answered
Metaphor is a Greek word that means "transfer". It is a word that is used to compare two unrelated subjects. A metaphor is used when the first subject shows implicit and explicit attributes of the second subject. A metaphor is written is as follows:

This (first subject) is (second subject)

For example Williams Shakespeare in his poem says:

"And all the men and women merely players"

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Will Martin answered
Metaphor is a kind of image comparing two things without using 'like' or 'as' (for example: 'All the world's a stage.')
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Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Metaphor is a figure of speech. It refers to a comparison between unlike things without the use of "like" or "as". This comparison is done between two things that are basically different but have something in common in some significant way. It is used in reference to something that does not literally suggest a similarity. Metaphor is different from a simile or analogy because metaphor asserts that one thing is another thing and not just that they are like one another.

Thus metaphor indicates direct comparison between two or more seemingly unrelated objects. Metaphors are widely used in literature especially poetry. It is capable of expressing emotions and feelings with the usage of minimum words. There are different types of metaphors like extended metaphor, mixed metaphor, dead metaphor, conceptual metaphor etc. Metaphor is a Greek word that means transfer. It is a trope which means that it is the figurative use of an expression. A famous example of metaphor is "All the world's a stage" by Shakespeare. Some other instances are "he was wading in money", "life is an ice cream" etc.
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Anonymous answered
"as sunlight is to flowers, so compassion is to the unfortunate," is an example of a metaphor
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A figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity.Does that help?
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Well, I think, metaphor mean a word that describes one thing being used to describe another.
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Sharon answered
Having a relation of one thing to another without the comparison being made. Things may have similarities, but not in means of comparison but can be used in the stead.

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