Tag: metaphor

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy For Ever

Origin This phrase is taken from John Keats’s poem, Endymion. It is the opening line that begins the poem as, “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never.” This line implies that, as…

There is a Tide in the Affairs of Men

Origin This phrase has been taken from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where Brutus talks to Cassius saying, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune” (Act-IV, Scene-III). Brutus means to say…

The Quality of Mercy is Not Strain’d

Origin This phrase is taken from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It occurs where Portia demands Shylock be merciful, stating that “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath” (Act-IV,…

Star-crossed Lovers

Origin Like several other phrases, this phrase has been selected from Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet. This phrase is illustrating a couple whose bond of love is destined to fail. Its origin seems to be astrological, but it is…

Heavy is The Head That Wears The Crown

Origin of Heavy is The Head That Wears The Crown The original source of this phrase is not known, but William Shakespeare used it in his play, King Henry IV, with little modification, as he wrote, “Deny it to a…

All That Glitters is Not Gold

Origin of All That Glitters is Not Gold William Shakespeare is popular for using this phrase in his play, The Merchant of Venice. The original version reads, “…all that glisters is not gold.“ Later in modern renditions, writers replaced “glisters”…

Hamlet Act-I, Scene-I Study Guide

Plot Overview In the first scene of Hamlet, Barnardo, a guard, comes to relieve Francisco, who is his colleague. They are performing their duty as guards on the platform in the castle of Elsinore. Barnardo asks Francisco about his identity.…

Famous Metaphors in The Bible

Metaphors and the Bible A metaphor is a comparison made between two or more things using figurative or descriptive language. Metaphors turn difficult ideas into simple concepts. Metaphors also infuse written text with vivid descriptions that make the text more…

200 Short and Sweet Metaphor Examples

A metaphor is a word or phrase that is used to make a comparison between two things. They can be very useful, and we use them all the time in daily conversation, and we do not even realize it! Let’s…

Top 6 Great Metaphors in Presidential Speeches

A metaphor is a device that allows people to compare one thing to another, whether or not that other thing is named. Presidential speeches are full of metaphors because they can act as a bolster to morale, encourage participation, and…