A metaphor that governs throughout the poem is called an extended metaphor. Explore the concept of extended metaphors by completing the Drawing Metaphors worksheet. Then, examine how the following poem demonstrates the concept.
Think of a metaphor for your own
life that you can extend in this same way. Think of something
which has several components, such as a kind of television show,
movie, or game. Even certain kinds of food that involve many
elements -- pizza, casserole, chef salad, -- or ingredients --
cakes and cookies, could inspire your poem. What about complicated
places -- highway, library, cruise ship, dormitory, apartment
house, shopping mall, a stadium, a garden? Perhaps your metaphor might extend an activity, like playing a football game (LOL) or driving a car. See “she being brand new” by e e cummings.