Metaphors. They are a comparison between two ideas that don’t really belong together. “Figure of speeches,” as one may call them.
Today, we will be discussing one type of metaphor that can be used in your lyrics to create symbolic imagery and descriptive expression.
An expressed identity metaphor is a metaphor that asserts an identity between two nouns. Below are some typical outlines on how to for them (using variables “x” and “y” as the two different nouns of your choice):
- (x) is/are (y)
- the (y) of (x)
- (x)’s (y)
Here is a way on how to use them! Instead of saying a work like “rain,” you can alternatively use a metaphor like “the cloud’s blood” to give a darker shade to the word while expressing the same meaning.
Play around as you are writing lyrics. But word of caution – try sticking to one metaphoric idea when writing a song. This is so you don’t clutter with an overabundance of imagery… or maybe that is your goal.
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