Week 8-Linking Qualities and Target Ideas

One of the co-writers for the BerkleeMusic class I’m taking likes to torture his students metaphorically. The cad purposely withheld vital information from us last week, just to see us suffer! Ahem. At least, that’s what he says.

In the intro video, Pat teaches the class a trick: When you want to write a metaphor, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. What qualities does my object have?
  2. What else has those qualities?

For example, you might choose ‘policeman’ for your first object. Ask yourself: What are the qualities of a policeman? He protects. Then you ask: What else protects? You pick something: flu vaccine. And then you write a sentence that describes how one is like the other. For example:

The policemen vaccinate the city against the symptoms of gangs. 

Voila! Like that, you have an analogy.

More fun tomorrow…..


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