Write Poems Using Metaphors

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this series of videos, we are exploring the world of poetry. In this video, we are going to focus on how to poems using metaphors.

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    Metaphors are essential elements in all forms of verbal and written communication.
    They serve to convey thoughts and desires in unique ways, but also can bring greater clarity and poignancy to human actions and behavior. A metaphor is defined as a figure of speech, where one concept is applied to another, even though there may not be any literal connection. This is in order to show the relevance between the two and to highlight and emphasize certain traits or characteristics. Here is an example:
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    "A sea of spectators flowed out from the arena." While there is no literal water involved, the sentence conveys the image that the exit of the spectators resembles that of a fast-flowing current of water and not only does it resemble that, but that's what it is.
    They are spilling out, they're spewing out and they're flowing out just as water would along a river. It is important to remember that metaphors don't directly compare elements by using the words "like" and "as". That is called a simile. Note: You can find a link to the video on similes in the section below this video. Metaphors mirror elements. They don't compare how alike they are. Metaphors enrich our language, making it more creative, fun, and imaginative. They challenge and inspire us to view situations from a new, unexpected perspective, revealing new truths and concepts. Here we have some examples:
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    "Fingers, now spiders, legs crept over the mountain range spine Daggers of ice pierced the silence, Sound of menace advancing, storming the citadel clambering over the unmanned walls, Panic spreads matches across lakes of gasoline Spider legs and flung fingers reach for buttons fumbling
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    Glass shatters hope, cascades fragments of diamonds to the floor to glisten reflections, the insects all-seeing eye, a squashed melon, draining visions, staining crystal in tribal sacrifice, Night is a hood, tied over the heads of daffodils.
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    As you can see, there are a lot of direct metaphors here, such as "Daggers of ice" and "night is a hood tied over the heads of daffodils".
    "Daggers of ice": this phrase conjures a vivid image of ice shaped like knives with piercing, threatening blades. It's not just the physical form that the ice has become, but daggers. It's a more violent form, more aggressive and more sinister. This is what metaphor can do. It can imbue these elements. It can imbue elements into one thing by mirroring another image over it. Now it' your turn. Using the points that we have discussed in this video, make your own metaphorical poems and then share them with us in the comments section below. You can do that and we look forward to reading them. In the section below you can also ask any questions and leave any comments. You can also find videos and links to the other videos in this series. You've been watching a video on how to use metaphors in poetry. Thank you for watching. Goodbye!
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