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Turbochica
08-03-11, 11:38 AM
Exercise #5 – Making Metaphors

This is actually a really fun, imaginative exercise. You are going to make three columns of lists,
one for adjectives, one for concrete nouns, and one for abstract nouns. After you have filled
at least one page with these lists, you will create another list: of metaphors.
Take a word from each list to create your metaphor.

Example:
Adjectives:


Scrambled
Empty
Withered
Sour
Dark

Concrete Nouns:


Outlet
Doghouse
Medicine
Hook
Clock

Abstract Nouns:


Sadness
Grief
Apology
Hope
Anxiety

Metaphors:
The empty outlet of anxiety.
The withered doghouse of grief.
The empty medicine of hope.
What do you see in your metaphors? Are there opportunities for poems?
Don’t be afraid to alter or trash any of the ideas you come up with
while doing poetry exercises. It is perfectly normal for a lot of what
you write to be crap (one of my metaphors was “the marbled
doghouse of apology” – huh?), but there will also be a lot of gems.
Writing exercises offer you opportunities to practice and brainstorm.
The more you write, the better you will be at finding what works.


gleaned from http://stacienaczelnik.hubpages.com/hub/Five-Poetry-Writing-Exercises