Writing Tip #44: Use Figures of Speech — Implied Metaphor

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Brian's Writing Tip #44: Use Figures of Speech -- Implied MetaphorThe metaphor is a powerful weapon in the writer’s arsenal. (That was a metaphor – did you catch it?) It’s also a versatile weapon. Metaphors can be straightforward – war is hell, life is a journey, America is a melting pot – but just as often, metaphors are implied rather than directly stated. The comparison is hinted at, but never literally expressed. Implied metaphors can be just as effective as direct metaphors but are often more subtle:

  • Shelly sailed through her exam.
  • The sergeant barked his orders.
  • Harry was about to erupt

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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

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