Words nearby extended metaphor
What does extended metaphor mean?
An extended metaphor is a metaphor in a literary work, such as a novel or poem, that isn’t just used in one line but is extended over multiple lines or throughout the work.
A metaphor is the applying of a word or phrase to something that’s not literally related in order to suggest a resemblance, as in She’s a walking dictionary (she’s not literally a dictionary, but her vocabulary resembles one).
Extended metaphors use this kind of comparison, but in a drawn-out and often complex way. When an author uses an extended metaphor, they will keep adding to it, developing it, or making reference to it. This can occur over more than one line, over multiple paragraphs, or even over the course of the entire work.
Extended metaphors are especially found in poetry and novels, but they can also be used in song lyrics, movies, speeches, and even nonfiction—anywhere metaphors are used.
Why is extended metaphor important?
The word metaphor comes from the Greek metaphorá, meaning “a transfer.” A metaphor transfers meaning from the thing it represents (what it really means) to the things that represent it—comparisons or symbols. After a metaphor is established, it can be extended—continued, prolonged, stretched out—by drawing further comparisons or making additional connections.
Shakespeare did this all the time. In Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo admires Juliet on her balcony: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” Shakespeare establishes the metaphor by comparing Juliet to the sun. But then he keeps it going, making reference to the moon, stars, and daylight, saying that the “light” that Juliet gives off is so bright that birds would start singing even at night because they think it’s the dawn.
This is a somewhat simple example. Some extended metaphors continue throughout the entire length of a poem or novel, adding elements and increasing in complexity. It takes skill to create a successful extended metaphor, but it’s worth it. Extended metaphors are extremely useful for revealing things about the characters, the theme of the work, or other elements of the story—often in a very memorable way.
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An extended metaphor is sometimes called a conceit, especially in poetry.
What are real-life examples of extended metaphors?
The possibilities for creating metaphors and extended metaphors are endless, and they can be used to express an unlimited amount of ideas.
Clint has a flair for extended metaphor (as befits a poet) & some of them are like long jokes, to which the punchlines don't disappoint. Except that, unlike jokes, the run-up to the rim shot is not tedious. His prose is limpid, unselfconscious, quietly, unobtrusively beautiful.
— Iona Italia, PhD (@IonaItalia) May 9, 2020
Without spoiling anything, this week’s @theshadowsfx centers on Colin Robinson as an energy vampire and works as an extended metaphor for Twitter.
— Matthew Stinson (@stinson) May 8, 2020
What other words are related to extended metaphor?
Which of the following entries is the best example of an extended metaphor?
A. Her eyes were like the sun.
B. There is an army of children in that house.
C. Life is a rodeo. You’ve got no choice but to get on and ride. And the ground is always waiting for you at the end of it all.
D. She was a ticking time bomb. Anything could make her lose her temper.
How to use extended metaphor in a sentence
The passage includes a meditation on a condom wrapper with a picture of a bee on it, captioned “cover your stinger,” which Gaetz claimed to have obtained from the Key West airport and serves as an extended metaphor for romantic despair.Matt Gaetz Failed to Properly Disclose His Abysmal Book Sales|Roger Sollenberger|August 25, 2021|The Daily Beast
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.
In November 2014, that agreement was extended by four months, with some additional restrictions on Iran.
Once again he accused the West of being unfair to Russia, bringing back his favorite metaphor, the Russian bear.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Macallan collaborations have even extended past photographers to additional masters of their craft focused on innovation.
The government insisted the regulations simply extended protections already in place for DVDs to the Internet.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest|Nico Hines|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He stood, with the air of a hero, both arms extended towards the amazed pair of lovers.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
It is the experience of such that the voice may be extended in its range in both directions at once.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
And could it not be extended from its present limited range until it reached practically the whole adolescent community?The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The Turks were no longer in mass but extended in several lines, less than a pace between each man.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
From this time its use and cultivation extended to various parts of Europe.