There are numerous types of metaphor, here we have definitions and examples of a few of them:
“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.”
An active metaphor uses comparisons that are not the part of everyday language like “you are your mother’s sun.”
It chooses a small part of a thing to represent the whole to highlight specific elements or qualities of the whole. In Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the journey through forests and woods refers to the life journey of the poet.
It catches the mind by using different points of similarity such as this phrase “you have a wild stag’ s hands.” It suggests grace, speed and daring as qualities.
The conceptual metaphor presents an underlying association, which is systematic in thought and language or simply it is an understanding of one idea in terms of another one. For instance, Dylan Thomas in his poem “Do not Go Gentle into That Good Night”, presents a conceptual metaphor of “A Lifetime is a Day.”
A dead metaphor is a metaphor that has lost its figurative value due to overuse or uses an image that does not exist anymore such as “he did not catch her name”, “run out of time”, and “foot of a hill.”