Metaphor Lesson Series
This hub page will direct you to the lessons, exercises, and games in my metaphor lesson series. For more detailed descriptions of the exercises below, check out the metaphor exercise page.
Lesson 1: The Basics of Metaphors
Explaining the basic definition of metaphors, the typical structures of metaphoric language, and shows off some famous metaphors.
Exercise 1: Metaphor Madlibs
This exercise is designed to help writers people recognize and understand metaphors.
This lesson explains, in detail, the difference between literal and figurative language.
Exercise 2: The Literally Game
Helping people understand the difference between literal and figurative language.
Lesson 3: Simile, Euphemism, and Hyperbole
This lesson is coming soon. Learn about other types of figurative language, including close cousins to metaphor that are often mistaken for metaphors.
Exercise 3: A Little S&M
This metaphor exercise is coming soon. It helps writers differentiate metaphors from other types of language (including simile, hyberbole, literal descriptions, and euphemisms). With a little bit of kink mixed in.
Lesson 4: Using Extended and Subverted Metaphors
This lesson is coming soon. It explores the use of more expansive metaphor types, including extended metaphors and twists on traditional metaphors.
Exercise 4: Extend My Metaphor
This metaphor game helps writers understand and experiment with extended metaphors.
Lesson 5: Abusing Your Metaphors
Be sure to also check out my LitReactor column on this topic: 6 Ways You’re Molesting Your Metaphors.
Coming soon. This article explores the ways people most brutally abuse their metaphors.
Exercise 5: That’s Mixed Up
Coming soon. This game shows how terrible mixed metaphors are.
Lesson 6: The Versatile Power of Metaphors
Coming soon. Showing how metaphors can express a person or object’s traits while simultaneously imbuing negative or positive associations.
Exercise 6: Metaphoring Amok
Coming soon. This exercise helps people see how many ways metaphors can be used to communicate a single idea. It also helps people recognize cliche metaphors.
Lesson 7: Why Use Metaphors?
Coming soon. An in-depth look at why metpahors can be powerful and when they should be used.
Exercise 7: Metaphors Exploring the Spectrum
Showing people how metaphors of different types can trigger different emotions.
Exercise 8: Tarot’s Metaphoric Magic
Helping people see how we can make broad connections with metaphors.
Lesson 7: Using Your Metaphoric Talents
Coming soon. This lesson takes all the previous ones and puts them into actionable format, showing how metaphors can be used
Exercise 9: Assimilating Similes
Coming soon. This exercise helps people recognize how metaphors provide stronger comparisons than similes.
Lesson 8: Some Final Thoughts on Metaphors
Coming soon. Concluding thoughts about how awesome metaphors are and why they must be treated with care.