Literature and metaphors

Literature, reading, writing, creating, books, stories


Literature is the garden of wisdom

JAMES ELLIS, attributed, Day's Collacon

Task 1

Answer the question: What is your understanding of literature?

Then watch and analyze the following recordings:

Literature Meaning

What is LITERATURE LITERATURE meaning, definition & explanation

Does your understanding correspond to the presented?

Task 2

What kinds / types of books do you know? Which do you like to read? Do you think reading is useful?

Watch the files and make the notes of the essential ideas to keep in mind:

Literature and its divisions

Genres of Literature

Task 3

What are metaphors? Where can you find them? Are you able to give any examples?

Watch the video and speak on the role of metaphors in writing and literature:

Metaphors in Writing and Literature

Task 4

Study the following metaphors presented by the speaker and try to interpret them for yourself. Then consult a dictionary if necessary:


Love is a battlefield


There is a blanket of clouds


Time is a thief


He is a night owl


Work has dried up


Tiger, tiger burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

- William Blake


She looked as if she

had never had quite

enough to eat.

Her very eyes were hungry.

- Frances Hodgson Burnett

pict 1 There is a blanket of clouds

He is a night owl

night owlevening person or simply owl, is a person who tends to stay up until late at night, or the early hours of the morning

The opposite of a night owl is an early bird – a lark as opposed to an owl 

In several countries, especially in Scandinavia, early birds are called A-people and night owls are called B-people.

pict 2` A night owl

Time is a thief.

Fortunately, time doesn't put on a ski mask and lurk around dark corners. This metaphor illustrates the point that time seems to pass quickly and our lives flash by.

Their ideas are difficult to swallow

difficult (hard) to swallow

mod. difficult to believe. Your story is pretty hard to swallow, but I am beginning to believe it.

Task 5

Make up a situation/story using the above mentioned metaphors. Let it be connected with literature/books/writers. Mind its structure: introductory paragraph (1-2 sentences), main paragraph (8 or more sentences), and concluding paragraph (1-2 sentences).

metaphors … have a greater impact on the readers, … convey a thought more forcefully than with an ordinary statement, … have the ability to paint pictures in the reader's mind

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