Metaphor is the term we use to make creative comparisons of different objects that may have little in common, but when compared reveal a conceptual relationship that helps to identify a hidden meaning. Directly, a metaphor is simply calling one thing something else. Referring to a problem as a wrench in the gears is a metaphor. Many common insults are also metaphors, such as calling individuals by words that do not literally depict them, but create a comparison that you believe they deserve because they cut you off in traffic.
Metaphor is also a general category that contains other literary devices such as similes and analogies. You will have a difficult time finding poetry that does not contain within it some kind of metaphor. Some poems are a metaphor in and of themselves. One famous example of this is Walt Whitman's elegy to President Lincoln, "Oh Captain! My Captain!" The poem speaks of the captain of a ship who has died having brought his crew through some rough waters. The rough waters, of course, are the civil war, but you will not find any direct mention of Lincoln or the Civil War in Whitman's poem. Another example you will likely recognize is Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken." I won't go in depth on this one, but I will give you a hint. It's not about roads.
For this theme, write a poem that is a metaphor. That is to say write a poem that is about something that is really about something else. Ready? Activate your powers of subtext, and...GO!
-This week, the themes for metaphor poetry and limericks opened up, but we will keep all themes open through the month of April. You may still submit entries to the first pair of themes, Odes and antique poetry.
(Please remember we are asking for original poetry only. By submitting work for this project you attest that you are the original creator and owner of the intellectual property. Further, by submitting entries you license the Round Rock Library to include those entries into its published compilation, sales of which will benefit the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library. We thank you for sharing your creativity.)