Metaphor Examples & Samples

There are things that you may have heard that seem like they could be quite impossible or that they are extremely unrelated no matter how many times you look at it, or even try to analyze it. What you may have heard might have been a simple metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech that is a comparison between two things that are very much unlike each other that some of them are even very contrasting to each other. They could also be a word or prepositional phrase ordinarily and primarily used for one thing applied to another. So, let us take a look at a few metaphors as examples, and explain each one of them so that we will be better familiar with metaphors from here onward on our path in life.

100,000+ Designs, Documents Templates in PDF, Word, Excel, PSD, Google Docs, PowerPoint, InDesign, Apple Pages, Google Sheets, Publisher, Apple Numbers, Illustrator, Keynote. - START DOWNLOADING

The children were roses grown in concrete gardens, beautiful and forlorn.

In this example of writing, the children are called roses but we all know that the speaker is referring to human children so it is impossible for them to literally be roses. The speaker also mentions that they were grown in concrete gardens so it could mean that they had an upbringing that was befitting of their status. Then the speaker says that they were beautiful and forlorn so it could mean that they looked very gloomy.

Kisses are the flowers of love in bloom.

This example shows the writing skills. Kisses is described as being flowers but a kiss is an action wherein the lips of a person would make contact with the lips of another so it cannot be a noun. For the part where it says “of love in bloom” the speaker is describing that kissing is when love starts to bloom, but that is not necessarily true as there are other forms of showing love that can be considered the moment when love blooms though it can easily be different depending on the chemistry between the people involved.

His cotton candy words did not appeal to her taste.

In this example, the speaker is saying that the boy’s words are akin to the sweet tasting cotton candy. However, words aren’t something that can be picked up and eaten. The speaker also states that the boy’ words were up to the girl’s palate which implies that the girl has eaten the words but words also cannot be eaten so that is an impossibility. What this metaphor means is that the boy’s words were not enough for the girl to accept.

Kathy arrived at the grocery store with an army of children.

This metaphoric example states that when Kathy arrived at the grocery store, she had an army of children at her beck and call. This is actually nearly impossible to be true since having an army of children is just morally and ethically wrong. You would basically be considered a slave driver. This metaphor just means that when Kathy went to the grocery store, she had a lot of children with her at the time.

Her eyes were fireflies.

This metaphor states that the eyes of the girls are like that of fireflies. Of course, this is impossible unless she has some sort of procedure done to her eyes wherein they are actually fireflies, and she somehow manages to maintain her personal vision though that might just be stretching it a bit much. The statement just means that the girl’s eyes became really big that it felt like they had become incredibly brighter and that they look like they were glowing for an exaggerated effect.

I was lost in a sea of nameless faces.

This example of a metaphor states that this person got lost in a sea that was filled with faces whose names they have no knowledge of. There is no such sea of unknown faces or faces as a matter of fact unless somebody is tripping on a pipe somewhere and went beyond their normal cognitive state. This metaphor means that the person is lost in a big place where there are many people that they do not know of.

John’s answer to the problem was just a band-aid, not a solution.

In this, the part of the statement example where it says that they used only a band-aid to fix the problem means that the problem was very big or quite problematic that the solution John used for it was only a temporary fix or that it could not completely fix the problem in the end. It was not the solution that the people were looking for, but it was enough to hold the problem at least for the time being.

Cameron always had a taste for the fruit of knowledge.

In this example, Cameron seems to have a particular craving for a fruit that contains knowledge. However, there has not been any scientific fruit that the fruit of knowledge exists so this can not be taken literally in most senses. What this means is that Cameron is always ready to learn more and as much as he can since Cameron loves to gain more knowledge.

The promise between us was a delicate flower.

This statement analysis is saying that something as abstract as a promise is as delicate as something as tangible as a flower. A promise can not simply be as full of form as a flower, and vice versa. So it could only mean that the speaker is describing their promise to be as easily broken or bent as that of a flower. It can also be easily stomped or destroyed just like one would do to a flower.

He pleaded for her forgiveness but Janet’s heart was cold iron.

This statement sample says that the guy was asking for forgiveness but could not get it because Janet had a cold, iron heart. This simply means that Janet is a person who does not really feel much for anything and because of what the guy did to her, she simply became much more detached and doesn’t feel sorry for him.

More Design