Metaphor Essay Topics

Lanark: Prose Commentary

This extract from Lanark ,written by Alasdair Gray, is a highly evocative piece of narrative prose. Set within a church in Lenzies, Glasgow, the excerpt illustrates the loss of love and theloss of self-belief which are inextricably intertwined for the character Duncan Thaw. Writtenin a post-modern style, it is also representative of the subjectivity of… View Article

He’s A Live Wire, Metaphor and Poetry

The use of metaphor in poetry is one of the most important aspects of poetic style that must be mastered. Metaphor can be described as figure of speech in which a thing is referred to as being something that it resembles. From the perspectives of construction, poetic and cognitive function and working mechanism, where metaphor… View Article

A Separate Peace

In the opening passage of A Separate Peace, John Knowles utilizes personifications, similes, and metaphors in order to create a gloomy and contemplative mood. At the beginning of the book, Gene Forrester is visiting his old high school, The Devon School, and the school ironically looks newer and more improved. As he explores this new… View Article

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

In English: A rolling stone gathers no moss. — A person who never settles in one place or who often changes his job will not succeed in life; one who is always changing his mind will never get anything done. A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish. People say this… View Article

Happy Prince by Oscar Wild

The story of Happy Prince was published in 1888. It is an allegory. The story is religious and is full of happiness. Happy Prince is a statue with a smile on his lips. It is made of gold, sapphires, and brilliants. Some time ago he was a boy with not knowing what tears were. Swallow… View Article

How Does the Story Encourage the Reader to Admire Scheherazade?

The author in the story uses many linguistic devices such as metaphor, superlatives, similes and strong adjectives to encourage the reader to admire Scheherazade. The author uses superlatives to set up the story such as he describes Scheherazade’s beauty “Excelled that of any girl in the Kingdom of Persia. This gives the story a background… View Article

How I Learned to Sweep by Julia Alvarez

1. In which form is the poem written (for example, is it a sonnet? Free verse? Lyric poem This poem was written in 1996 in a conventional style form. The poem has 39 lines. 2. What is the setting and social context of the poem? The setting and social context of this poem is in… View Article

How the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In the chapter 15 as we call Sister Flowers from How the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, allows us the readers to experience the day with Margareute Johnson through her writing style as if we were experiencing it through her eyes and deep inside her thoughts. Her use of imagery, metaphors, similes and narration… View Article

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Figurative language was used by Margaret Atwood, through the persona of Offred, to illustrate The Handmaid’s Tale. Figurative Language consists of similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, hyperbole and idioms. First, figurative language can be used to describe different settings. 1. Offred’s experience at night in her bedroom “The heat at night is worse than the… View Article

Enhlish Critical Lens

According to Patrick Ness, “It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up again”. In other words, life is full of obstacles and hardships. But what is most important is to persevere, and I defiantly agree with this statement. Two literary works that support this statement are “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes,… View Article

Thomas Hardy “Tess of the D’urbervilles”

1.1 Notion of style.Genre The text under analysis is a novel entitled “Tess of the D’urbervilles”. It belongs to the belles letters style,sub-style is emotive prose. It has the features of this style: • Genuine imagery achieved by expressive devices. • The use of words in contextual and more than one dictionary least influenced by… View Article

Any Human to Another

Countee Cullen was an African American writer during the Harlem Renaissance. His poem “Any Human to Another” calls on whites and Americans in general to put aside their racial differences and come together in harmony. Cullen’s reflective and didactic tone is established through numerous rhetorical dev ices. The first thing one notices when reading the… View Article

Two additional poems

For your third Individual Project, you will be writing an essay of 1,000 words or more about two additional poems from the assigned reading list. Please select two works from the list of fifteen—excluding the one you already reflected on in Part A of the Phase 3 DB assignment—and answer the questions below. Again, be… View Article

A Patch of Old Snow

Few people make mistakes and fix them, most people make mistakes, don’t fix them, neglect them, and later end up feeling remorse about the situation. In the poem “A Patch of Old Snow” by Robert Frost a man is reminded of a past situation, which he has failed to reminisce about for a long time…. View Article

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Glasses breaking, voices shrieking, papers flying; Abigail huddled up in fear. ‘’You’ll die if you leave, don’t leave else you’ll die; be warned,’’ these were the words reverberating in the ears of Abby; as her peers call her. ‘’Oh! Not again; not this time. Leave me alone. Please,’’ she communicated to the voice through her… View Article

Analysis of Doctor in the House written by R. Gordon

Before analyzing this story, it is important to mention that Richard Gordon used to be a practicing doctor before he started his career as a writer. His stories are based on personal experience, what makes them more striking. The story is highly emotional and ironical first person narration which tells about medical students’ experience of… View Article

Distinctively Visual – The Drover’s Wife & The African Beggar

The poem ‘The African Beggar’ by Raymond Tong explores the despondency of humanity’s existence and our complete helplessness when faced with the adversity of ourselves and others through the distinctively visual description of an African beggar and his experience as an outcast to society. In the first stanza of the poem, the heterodiegetic narrator (considered… View Article

Metaphor Assignment

Image by Josiah McElheny – This pieced together sculpture by Josiah McElheny is like one of the mother stars which can be found in the galaxy. At first glance, the sculpture seems to be one of those science apparatuses which generate electricity. But on closer scrutiny, the sculpture just becomes one of those well-thought of… View Article

Distictly visual on shoe horn sonata

Discuss how successful your composer has been in using distinctly visual elements to create a particular point of view. How are images used to explore the ways in which we view the world? Individuals go through obstacles and challenges in life and as a result form a particular point of view about life. The stage… View Article

Robert Gray Diptych

Through Robert Gray’s poems Diptych and Late Ferry I have learnt that recalling past events and uncovering a new truth or element to them can inspire discoveries. These recollections are evoked through the nostalgia shown by the speakers in each poem. Although the poems differ in the sense that one speaker purposely remembers the past,… View Article

“My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke

“My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, is an intriguing poem about a memory of a boy and his father waltzing around the house. The ambiguity in this poem can lead to two very different interpretations. It can be seen as a child terrorized by an abusive father or a child having a playful romp with… View Article

Cultural Metaphor

Cultural metaphors is a cultural system wherein people with the same beliefs, traditions, ideologies, morals or values associate with each other. People belonging to the same culture, share or participate in a particular interest activity, event, or organization, and any other means, that represents their culture is an example of a cultural metaphor. (Gannon, 2008)… View Article

Laugh and be Merry by John Masefield

Laugh and be merry, remember, better the world with a song, Better the world with a blow in the teeth of a wrong. Laugh, for the time is brief, a thread the length of a span. Laugh and be proud to belong to the old proud pageant of man. Laugh and be merry: remember, in… View Article

Analysis of “Uphill” by Christina Rossetti

“Uphill” by Christina Rossetti is an allegory about life and death. Rossetti is considered one of the finest religious poets of her time and her many spiritual beliefs are conveyed in her poem “Uphill”. H.B. de Groot said, “Undeniably, her strong lyric gifts are often held in check by her moral and theological scruples” (Groot)…. View Article

Role of the mead-hall in The Wanderer (poem)

In reading The Wanderer, one is also immediately struck by the poignancy and lingering anguish underlying the text as it adopts a somewhat elegiac dolefulness in addressing some of the most common themes in Old English poetry – the flow of time and the transience of earthly beings, the agonizing grief of exile in a… View Article

Analysis of School Children by W.H Auden

As the world evolves over the years people get new ideas, new theories, and develops a new way of thinking. Taking something so simple and elaborating on it making it sophisticated. In the Poem “School Children”, W.H Auden tries to emphasize to the readers that a simple playground where inhabits their fun filled activities is… View Article

Metaphors in The Play “As You Like It”

In his play, “As You Like It,” and generally in all his writing William Shakespeare uses a lot of metaphors. In, “As You Like It,” he has Rosalind who is disguised as boy named Ganymede use an interesting metaphor that explores the relationship between the consumption of time and the movement of a horse based… View Article

A study of reading habits

The theme of journeys is present in Philip Larkin’s poem, A Study of Reading Habits. However, it is not a physical journey that we see, but a metaphorical journey about the speaker’s life progression through his changing escapisms created by books. The title is a mock, serious title for it sounds like a piece of… View Article

The limits of my language

Language is defined as “a system of communication consisting of sounds, words and grammar, or the system of communication used by the people of a particular country or profession”. (Collins English Dictionary) All languages are made up sounds and letters which form words, sentences and phrases. The development of a language can best be illustrated… View Article

Miss Havisham…A Victim or a Villain?

Was Miss Havisham a victim or a villain? This extremely eccentric character is absolutely essential to the plot of Great Expectations, for with malice intended, she greatly alters the paths of Pip’s and Estella’s lives, and with obsessive behavior destroys her own life. Miss Havisham was heir to a fortune that had been gained by… View Article