What’s a verbal metaphor and how can it be used in a song?
Take a look at the stanzas below:
My heart reaches out, clinging to you
Waiting for these shackles to be loose
Can you spot the verbal metaphor?
It is when the song says that the heart reaches and clings to another person. We all know that the heart’s function is to pump blood through the body, so the conflict of giving this personification to the heart is what creates this beautiful verbal metaphor to describe the longing of another.
Basically, the verbal metaphor is the conflict between the verb and its object/subject that it is associated with.
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