Metaphors and Similes
To become familiar with Shakespeare poetic language Vocabulary
To distinguish between and use metaphors and similes
Simile - using like
Shakespeare was famous for using creative similes and
or as to compare
metaphors in his work.
1. Look at the quotations below and decide which are similes Metaphor - saying
and which are metaphors. something is
2. Match quotes with their meaning.
This Bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath I don’t think I can fix this problem.
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet
Oh time, thou must untangle this, not I, Our love will grow deeper with time.
It is too hard a knot for me t’untie.
She never told her love, He is very skilled
But let concealment, like a worm’i’th’bud,
Feed on her damask cheek.
As full of labour as a wise man’s art She suffered because of trying
to keep her love a secret
Now why don’t you select one of these quotes, or use the language of
Shakespearian English to make your own poem. Try to include as many similes and
metaphors as possible.
If music be the food of love, play on
And create a melody of sound
Like kisses to the ear.
If sunlight be the look of love, shine on
And glow upon the face of one
I hold so dear. Remember, not all poems rhyme!
And if I should have the sight of thee
Harmoniously the clouds shall disperse
‘Cause you are so near.