Extended Metaphor

Extended Metaphor- a comparison that lasts more than one line of a piece of writing.  Most metaphors only last about a line “you are the sunshine of my life.”  This advanced type of metaphor extends beyond one line and often the entire piece.

Examples:

Read “George Gray” and  “My Sorrow”
George Gray is “A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor” (Spoon River Anthology).  Gray had potential (sail) but never the courage to realize that potential (a boat that never leaves the harbor).
“My Sorrow” by Isabella Leitner: Her memories of the Holocaust are compared to an annoying travel companion that won’t leave her alone.

 

 

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