I need metaphors.


Yes, sure. Here we have some popular examples of metaphors used in literature:

Example # 1

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.”

(“As You Like It” by William Shakespeare)

These lines present a perfect example of metaphor. Shakespeare has compared life with a play, used metaphor of stage for the world, men and players are metaphor for women in this world, and acts of the play are metaphor for seven ages of human life.


“Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,

Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,…”

(“Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats)

In the following lines, Keats uses metaphor by comparing urn to “unravish’d” bride and the “foster child.”

Example # 3

“Her name, that was as fresh as dian’s visage, is now begrimed and black…”

“A horned man’s a monster and a beast…”
(“Othello” by William Shakespeare)

In the first line, Othello compares Desdemona’s reputation to white snow.

In the second line, Othello expresses his disappointment over Desdemona’s unfaithfulness that affected him badly and thus, he turned out to be a horned man, monster and a beast.

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