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Metaphor Poem

& Examples Of Metaphor Poems

by Silvia Hartmann


Introduction to Metaphor Poem - Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day - Examples Of Metaphor Poems - More Examples - Further Reading On Metaphor & Metaphor Poetry


 

Introduction to the Metaphor Poem Examples

Let's face it - there is no such thing as a poem that is NOT a metaphor. But people keep asking me about metaphor poems, what they are, and to give examples of metaphor poetry.

So for the beginners amongst us, let's start with the observation that some poems are one single metaphor all the way through, and others use a variety of different metaphors to describe one single thing.

Remember that all language, symbol and metaphor are seeking to describe a REALITY THAT EXISTS for real and outside any one single human being. If you try and reach through the words and the images the metaphor is calling up to the REALITY BEYOND those things, you can get the drift of the ESSENCE of what is being transmitted in a metaphor poem.

 

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day ..?

To start with, here is probably the most famous example of metaphor poetry in the English language, namely Sonnet 18 by "William Shakespeare" whoever that may have been:

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day
 Sonnet 18 
William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

The cool thing is that old Will doesn't tell us who "thee" would be when they are at home, and leaves it up to the metaphor to explain it to us.

This poem is a riddle, and nicely done at that. But it is easy to solve if we just take the information as is:

What is the one thing about a person that is immortal and grows in eternal lines through time?

The question at the front of this poem is the "set up", the starting point into the metaphorical domain: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

If you want to have some fun, take that same topic and ask another question.

"Shall I compare thee to a golden horse? Thou art more lovely and more fleet of foot! Thou can't be caught, thou can't be caged, thou can't be ridden - free thou flyest over hill and vale ..."

The basic pattern of "Shall I compare thee ..." allows you to GENERATE metaphor poetry at will, so this teaching poem by Will is in a nutshell what metaphor poems are all about.

 

Examples Of Metaphor Poems

In the following examples from "For You, A Star", I have taken a word, usually a concept or nominalisation, and created a metaphor poem to not just describe the concept, but to EVOKE THE ESSENCE.

Now that is not a conscious thing, something you can figure out in your head with a measuring stick; it something that you FEEL instead, quite literally. The rule is as follows. If something has an energetic reality behind it, it will create an IMPACT on your energy body and you can actually FEEL that impact as an emotion or sensation - a sensation of heat in your stomach, pressure in your head, tingling in your fingertips.

So we are not talking about imaginary emotions but real feelings that a human has in direct response to some thing that is in essence invisible, but must be there, or else it would not create this sensation.

Metaphor Poem Tranquility by StarFields

Tranquility

Time slides

a gentle ocean

waves upon waves,

washing the shore,

loving the shore.

 

Can you see that ocean?

Can you feel the slow rhythm of the waves?

Can you sense the essence of tranquility?

Do you understand the concept of tranquility better now?

Do you feel more tranquil in having touched this?

 

Once you really understand that it isn't the words, but that the EVENT of the poem or message lies BEYOND the words, you will be able to make sense of metaphor in general and open up your world in a significant way.

From there, you can then begin to try and describe such things FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO WORDS, because they are events across time and space in your own way, using your own metaphors.

When you do that, you are considered to be "an artist".

 

More Examples Of Metaphor Poems

Metaphor Poem Joy by StarFields

Joy

Just when you thought

that winter

would be here forever,

that it could never end,

you saw:

 

Amidst the frozen white,

a tiny tip of green,

first blade of grass,

the messenger of spring.

 


Metaphor Poem Play by StarFields

Play

Random raindrops

on the window pane.

 

Touch them with your finger tip -

but there's the barrier of glass.

 

You know that if you wanted

to become involved

you should be on

the other side.

 


Metaphor Poem Treasures by StarFields

Treasures

 

Shyly, the child

raised the lid

of the battered box

to reveal

a small feather,

a stone and a piece

of ruby glass.

 


Metaphor Poem Creativity by StarFields

Creativity

 

On the wall,

there is a shadow

of a branch outside.

 

It moves and it is dancing.

 

It writes its story

and the ink

is living light.

 


Metaphor Poem Peace by StarFields

Peace

 

The wind is now

a roaring, smashing

monster of destruction,

raking all man's work

from the valleys,

from the vales,

and sends them spinning,

broken flying -

 

but all of that is

not its core,

its center is in truth

eternal stillness

bright blue skies

and all you hear

are gentle whispers

far away

and unimportant.

 

All Metaphor Poems from For You, A Star. © StarFields 2004.

 

Further Reading On Metaphor Poems & Metaphor Poetry

The "essential" metaphor poems above are the core and key as to how all metaphor poetry works. As they are focused on a single concept, they give a single aligned image in return; if we want to talk about combinations of concepts, question and answers, or explore a topic further and wider, we get combinations of metaphors, or sequences of metaphors leading from one into another. An example of metaphor sequences can be found in the Melville Pattern.

The longer a piece becomes, the more scope there is for doing things like looping metaphors, which means that instead of a 1,2,3 type linear progression of one metaphor to another we start with one metaphor and we may return to it repeatedly to give a structure to the event that is the completed story, or poem, or film script.

In hypnosis, looped and embedded metaphors are used to deepen trance; an example of that application can be found here: Loops Within Loops.

In advanced hypnosis, story telling and energy hypnosis as well as in literature, metaphorical sequences of events are best thought of as the way the scenes pan and move in a movie; but no matter how extraordinary the imagery and concepts involved, or whether or not time is treated linearly or looped any which way, what you are always looking for is the central THEME or the point of the entire event overall, the "thee" from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.

What it is all about, WHY the piece was written, what the INFORMATION is that is contained within.

For an example of a highly complex, multi-level, multi-layered metaphor poem, see the energy hypnosis script "Our Dimensions" from the Freedom album.

For examples of using metaphor in stories please see the original fairy tales section.

For further examples of metaphor poems with a metaphysical theme, please see the MetaSong sub web.

As a starting point to start "streaming" your own visions to be turned into language metaphors which can become song lyrics, stories, poems and film scripts, see The Beginner's Guide To Image Streaming.

And if you really want to learn about the truly extraordinary dimensions of metaphor, the human mind, language and experience, I recommend "Project Sanctuary".

 


Introduction to Metaphor Poem - Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day - Examples Of Metaphor Poems - More Examples - Further Reading On Metaphor & Metaphor Poetry


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