Metaphors from Student
How NOT to Write Metaphorically
Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides
gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking
alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to
dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door
The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling
McMurphy fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled
with vegetable soup.
Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.
Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry
them in hot grease.
Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the
grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left
Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19
p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on
a Dr Pepper can.
John and Mary had
never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
The thunder was ominous sounding, much like the sound
of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene
in a play.
The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.
He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East
Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap, only
one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.
The door had been forced, as forced as the dialogue during the interview
portion of "Jeopardy!"
Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this
plan just might work.
The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating
for a while.
He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a
real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or
Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell
butter from "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."
She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just
before it throws up.
It came down the stairs looking very much like something no one had ever
The ballerina rose
gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog
at a fire hydrant.
The dandelion swayed
in the gentle breeze like an oscillating electric fan set on medium.
He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as
if she were a garbage truck backing up.
Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten
to put in any pH cleanser.
She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature
She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
Her voice had that tense, grating quality, like a first- generation thermal
paper fax machine that needed a band tightened.
the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.