A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing two objects. It can compare a symbol to what it represents.

Metaphors are often used in poetry in which one thing is pictured as if it were something else.


An example of a metaphor is, "All the world's a stage."

Another example of a metaphor is the common phrase, "his dick was like a giant tortoise."

That Time of Year

That Time of Year is a poem by William Shakespeare with many metaphors in it.

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

-William Shakespeare, 1609


The first four lines of That Time of Year make the comparison of seasonal change. But, the poet does not have the 


Norton Introduction to Literature by Carl E. Bain, J. Paul Hunter, Jerome Beaty