Writing to a Brief
metaphor is a description of a certain subject by using the
attributes of another subject.
For example “His voice was full of thunder”.
The writer and reader are both aware that thunder is not actually emitting from the
person’s mouth, however the metaphor shows the intensity of
the voice by using another sound we all know to be loud and
threatening as a direct illustration of the loud, threatening
voice being used.
are extremely common, and can be heard throughout any day.
Eg: “He’s a rat.” “She’s
an angel.” “The situation became a volcano.”
a metaphor is the most obvious way to relate our feelings
about someone or something in a short descriptive phrase.
For example “She has a heart of gold” or
“He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
speaker and the listener both understand that hearts are not
made of gold, and human beings do not live in other animal
forms, but we all “get” the meaning intended.
We accept that the attributes of something or someone
are often best described by giving them the attributes of
something completely different.
We know and accept that gold is pure, sheep are docile
and wolves are predatory, and understand these attributes are
the underlying description.
metaphor therefore directly relates the qualities of one
subject, such as thunder, gold or sheep with the subject being