METAPHOR EXERCISE
What's the best metaphor to describe your life thus far? Who are you, metaphorically? Fill in the following line:
I am...
Use a metaphor that is evocative and comprehensible. How far would you have to go to make your sense perfectly comprehensible to a reader? Try to be economical without being clichéd. The key is to make sense as well:
I am a jumbo shrimp,
Drenched in cocktail sauce
About to be swallowed
By an overweight lawyer
At a three-martini lunch.
This speaker feels: insignificant? powerless in the face of America's corporate elite? Maybe so; why, then, is he a "jumbo" shrimp? Why not a medium shrimp? Why not the olive in the martini, or better yet, the pimento in the olive? It's your metaphor for your life: choose it wisely. And remember to avoid those words that convert metaphors into similes (like and as).

PART 1: What does your metaphor reveal? Write your responses in your notebook—this will be collated so that you can print or e-mail your work when you are finished.

PART 2: Metaphor-Maker: Drag-and-drop a referent and a vehicle from the following. Then describe what the metaphor you have created reveals about the referent. Write your responses in your notebook—this will be collated so that you can print or e-mail your work when you are finished.
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