Metaphor's are the comparison of two unlike things. There are five types of Metaphors(Simile, Personification, Anthropomorphism, Hyperbole, and Analogy to help us understand the unknown, because we use what we know in comparison with something we don't know to get a better understanding of the unknown. One example of a metaphor that is common is when life is going good for somebody they say "Life is a peach." They use the peach as a way of saying "life is good" or easy in their case.

The Metaphors that most people use in the everyday world are Simile, Personification, and Hyperbole. Simile's are the comparison of two unlike things such as


Personification gives human qualities to animals or Objects. A perfect example for Personification is the poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath. She gives the mirror a voice. For example in the third line the mirror say's "Whatever I see I swallow up." She gave the mirror the human attribute to see and also know about truthfulness another human attribute or trait. Mirror by Sylvia Plath I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful--

A Hyperbole is an exaggeration or overstatement such as " I'm so hungry I cold eat a horse or "He's cute enough to eat"

In the poem "The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower" by Dylan Thomas, there are a lot of metaphors, but the specific metaphor that is used is Personification. The poet gave human traits to nature as if there was a real person by the name of mother nature. In every stanza nature is calling its-self "dumb" and also its referring its-self in the first person like "my youth' and "turns mines."
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