Sample Extended Metaphor

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Flaming Poetry by Daniel Rosenthal1


Poetry is like flames,

which are swift and elusive

dodging realization.


Sparkes, like words on the paper,

leap and dance in the

flickering light.


The fiery tongues,

formless and shifting shapes

tease the imagination.


Yet for those who see,

through their mind's eye,

they burn up the page.


  1. Tsujimoto, J. (1988). Teaching poetry writing to adolescents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, National Council of Teachers of English: Urbana, IL.