What is a Metaphor?

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Metaphors are everywhere. But they're very tricky to get hold of. So what is a metaphor?

Me: What's a metaphor?
Kid: Um - dunno - is it - um, I think I know the other one. Does it begin with an s-?
Me: You mean a simile?
Kid: Maybe? I guess.
Me: You mean the technique that uses 'like' or 'as'?
Kid: [now looking happy] Yes, and metaphor is the one where it - is.
Me: Can you tell me anything else about it?
[blank, terrible silence]

If Kid is you, take a look at this clear explanation of the difference between metaphors and similes before you go any further.

For a more in-depth look at metaphors, play the Prezi below. Or click here, or on the image above if you can't see it.

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