Metaphor Poems

Metaphor Poems

Metaphorical Poems

People have used metaphors since the birth of mankind. Metaphors are a way to get around censorship as well as to help us see truths that we may not be able to face if they were stated plainly. It is a way to accentuate beauty as well as pain through this medium of the unstated comparison. When you are reading an appropriate metaphor you are immediately drawn between the truth of the comparison that is being alluded to. The ability to understand metaphoric language opens the key to poetry of tremendous beauty.

34 Metaphor Examples in Popular Poetry

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  1. 1. The Spider And The Fly

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    "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

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    This is a beautiful poem, very beautiful! It can as well be a warning to school girls who are prone to dating those men out there. Symbolically, the spider in the poem is a male and the fly...

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  3. 2. Fog

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    The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking

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    My dear neighbor, Nellie, who is in her 80s, asked me, as I am an artist, to paint a picture for her to give to her husband for Christmas. She said he loves the poem "Here Comes the Fog" by...

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  5. 3. The Mountain

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    The mountain sat upon the plain
    In his eternal chair,
    His observation omnifold,
    His inquest everywhere.

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    • Rating 4.00
  6. 4. The Oak And The Rose

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    An oak tree and a rosebush grew,
    Young and green together,
    Talking the talk of growing things-
    Wind and water and weather.

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  7. 5. Mighty Oak


    Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
    Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
    Though storm clouds hover above you,
    Your branches span the sky

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    This poem has greatly touched me. The poet has a firm faith in his father, which every son ought to have. A father is the center point for a son's life. To have faith in him and live the life...

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  8. 6. Love Is A Mirror


    • By Quinn
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2017 with permission of the Author.

    A sharpened dagger stabbed in his heart,
    Ripping in two, ripping apart.
    It took only a few words, but her words cut him deep,
    Stealing emotions, making him weak.

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    I just recently recovered from a heartbreak - a betrayal from a lady l invested all my emotions and mind. It was so hard for me to believe l got betrayed by someone l bet my life on. l was...

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  9. 7. A Broken Family Tree

    • By Lori McBride
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2006 with permission of the Author.

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    I am one of many
    Small branches of a broken tree,
    Always looking to the ones above
    For guidance, strength and security.

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    I echo all the stories that have gone before mine. It's amazing, it's moving, it's a poem written with so much feeling and depth. Family should be everything - supportive, comforting,...

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  10. 8. Promises Of A New Day

    • By Belinda Stotler
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2019 with permission of the Author.

    The perpetual cadence of the vast sea
    Stirs a restless desire that engulfs me.
    Like an infinite force I dare not impede,
    Briefly rushing in - only to then recede.

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    I used to think that I was nothing, but I'm not anything - I am something - that is a talented, intelligent, calm, kind, pretty, artistic, unique girl who is loved by everyone around me. I...

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  11. 9. Rose Painted

    • By Paige
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2015 with permission of the Author.

    If I were a Rose painted black,
    would you cast me aside
    like blackened, burnt rice?
    Would my color tarnish my sweet smell?

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    This was a very true poem! I love the meaning, and it really brings out the idea of discrimination by color and how bad it is. I love it!

  12. 10. The Life Of A Leaf

    • By Paul Holmes
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 12, 2023 with permission of the Author.

    SPRING

    I slowly unfurl to the wide World
    Stretching up to the blue sky

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  13. 11. Love Is

    • By Jessica
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2015 with permission of the Author.

    Love is a walk in the rain at night,
    Two hands holding onto each other tight;
    Love is honey on a pair of lips,
    Onto a tender heart it drips;

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    I honestly really like both of the poems you have written. They are beautiful and have such meaning behind them, so much that every sentence strikes my heart and seeps into my soul. Your...

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  14. 12. A New Beginning

    • By Troy Martin, Jr.
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2006 with permission of the Author.

    A little egg under her mother's wings.
    Yet to be born into the world of things.

    A crack and a pop, out she came.

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    Yes it touches to my heart.
    As we are the parents who do this for our children to make them strongest on earth.

  15. 13. Endure Like A Tree

    • By Alicia Quetzalcoatl
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2015 with permission of the Author.

    To get through life you have to endure as a tree does.
    When Mother Nature tries to bring you down,
    You will never fall; you will stand your ground.
    You will encounter burning flames.

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    • Rating 4.31
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    Hello I am Salih Abass. I lost my father while I was very young, and I was taken away from my mother to my grandmother even before I was two years. She took me to school. I lost my grandmom...

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  16. 14. Shipwreck

    • By Devavrat Bishwa
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Like a gentle wave, you swayed against my ship.
    With a gentle breeze, you guided me forward.

    As the sun sank into the ocean,

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    • Rating 4.28
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    This helped me get through a rough time, and it described everything so perfectly from the start all the way to the end. Thank you. It truly helped a lot.

  17. 15. Note To Self

    • By Donna Marie
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2018 with permission of the Author.

    Be like the willow that bends,
    shade that it sends,
    peace that it lends.

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    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 200
    • Rating 4.27
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    This is an amazing poem - saying so much in very few words. Things don't always go the way we want, and sometimes we have to adapt and do so cheerfully - a very important lesson. It is also...

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  18. 16. Skeletons

    • By Debbie Grenier
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011 with permission of the Author.

    The welcome mat outside my door
    is dusty, old & worn
    'cuz people have been entering in
    since the day that I was born

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    • Rating 4.24
  19. 17. Stout Sprout

    • By Hannah R. Soummers
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2020 with permission of the Author.

    A sunflower will grow
    With much beauty to show,
    But the wind must blow,
    Which brings the rain and the snow.

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    • Rating 4.63
  20. 18. Through Rain, Through Shine

    • By Amy Cao
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2019 with permission of the Author.

    A
    Grand oak
    A majestic figure
    Always standing straight

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    • Rating 4.57
  21. 19. My Little Seed

    I had a little seed that I had found upon the ground,
    I kept it in my pocket where it was safe and sound.
    What may it be, this tiny little seed, now tucked inside my cloak,
    could it be a sugar maple, or perhaps a mighty oak?

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  22. 20. My Boat

    You were my boat, sleek by design.
    I was your jetty, one of a kind.
    We were deeply in love and made for each other,
    And I promised I'd never harbour another.

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    • Votes 173
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