I had my days completely mixed up yesterday. I was convinced that Wednesday was Thursday.
Our topic today is metaphors.
One, because a good metaphor is like a brilliant photograph and two, because I have been listening to Amy Poehler’s brilliant Yes, Please and while going through her book I had an amazing experience with how she describes self-loathing and self doubt.
In her chapter about confidence and growing up, she talks about how she feels insecurity and self doubt are really a demon that has moved in with you. That demon shows up at your house when you’re a small child and starting to find your place in the world and settles itself down so that it can remind you of all the things you don’t like about yourself. In her metaphor, Amy breaks down the power our own brains have at sabotaging us.
That’s the beauty of this wonderful literary device. Taking one unrelated thing and comparing it to another thing so that an audience can picture the emotional issue you are trying to portray.
I use metaphor and similes all the time. In every day speech, in my writing, and in poetry.
“That patient talked longer than a hungry preacher”
“She was slower than Christmas”
“That lawyer was like a pornstar; she found all the holes in that argument.”
Metaphor is also a key element in humor and comedy writing because you take two unexpected elements and connect them, usually in a way that is, hopefully, hilarious.
What are your favorite and funniest metaphors?