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  • Figurative Language Exploring the Power of Metaphor
    • Simile is the comparison of two unlike things using like or as .
    • Example: He eats like a pig. Vines like golden prisons.
    • Metaphor comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using like or as as in a simile .
    • Example: He is a pig. Thou art sunshine.
  • Student Examples of Figurative Language
    • Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a thigh master.
    • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free
    • He spoke with wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
    • She grew on him like E. Coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.
    • She had a deep throaty genuine laugh like that sound a dog makes just before he throws up.
    • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
    • He was as tall as a six foot three inch tree.
    • The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM.
    • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
    • The hailstones leaped up off the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
    • Long separated by cruel fate, the star crossed lovers races across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 PM, traveling at 55 MPH, the other from Topeka at 4:19 PM at a speed of 35 MPH.
    • They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resemble Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.
    • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
    • He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the east river.
    • Even in his last years, Grampa had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out for so long, it had rusted shut.
    • The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
    • “ Oh Jason, take me!” She panted, her breasts heaving like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night.
    • He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a landmine or something.
    • It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids with power tools.
    • The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
    • He was deeply in love and when she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
    • Step One:
    • Journal- list or freewrite on people who have been in your life and/or have affected your life and then left- through moving, loss of friendship, death or otherwise.
  • Poem Style
    • Before this, it was like this….
    • Like….
    • Like….
    • It was…
    • And
    • And now it has changed because…
    • Now it’s like this…
    • Like this…
    • Like this…
  • Student Example #1
    • When he was here, he was like sugar in my coffee,
    • Like the gooey cheese on Pizza Hut’s Cheese lover’s pizza,
    • Like a mound of whip cream atop a sundae,
    • Like the first bloom of spring surrounded by snow,
    • He was black granite counter top in a cherry wood kitchen
    • And the master of ceremonies to all his guests.
    • And now it has changed because he was taken from us
    • Now it’s like the two musketeers
    • Like Peanut Butter without the jam
    • Like the Grand Canyon without the Colorado River
    • Like the Bulls without Michael Jordan.
  • Student Example #2
    • You are gone, and it’s like…
    • Dropping your ice cream on a hot summer day
    • Like the loss of innocence,
    • And the confidence it brings
    • Like the fumbling around for the light in the dark
    • That moment of fear
    • Like the dreaded call at seven in the morning
    • The sinking
    • Realizing that life will never be the same
    • But, my sweet bird, when you were here…
    • It was like a warm comforter on a cold winters eve…
    • Like the moment right before you sleep
    • Life is calm and serene
    • Like a child’s first Halloween
    • Full of vigor and excitement
    • Like a butterfly
    • I still wonder how so much beauty
    • Can be contained
    • Within the smallest of frames
    • Like a monument,
    • A reminder of the struggle, which is the past
    • And the hope we all have for the future.
    • The Red Wheelbarrow William Carlos Williams
    • so much depends
    • upon
    • a red wheel
    • barrow
    • glazed with rain
    • water
    • beside the white
    • chickens.