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Figurative language makes what is literally written to be more interesting. How? Through alliteration, allusion, personification, and simile. The most common type is a metaphor.
A metaphor compares two unlike things without using “like” or “as.” The way to do this is to describe or refer to a thing as something else it resembles.
For example, a poet may refer to a person as a “stone” if they do not show emotion after a loss OR a person could be referred to as a “snake” if they are sneaky and take advantage of others.
Metaphors are powerful tools used in poetry to explain or help interpret ideas or emotions that are hard to describe.
Sometimes, a metaphor can make it easy to identify the language and symbols used in a poem. It can also help facilitate the interpretation of a piece, as is the case for some poets who use figurative language to refer to mortality.
What's one way you use metaphor?
In case you missed it, here are a few places where my poetry got published. All the themes are different, so they might help prompt a poem or story of your own. Check them out!
Academy of the Heart and Mind: Next, thankful, and Miss You, July 7, 2022
Al-Khemia Poetica: I Am An Elephant, July 26, 2022
Spectrum Online: within, stop me, A tree of life, August 5, 2022
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Do you know how you could tell which situations might get you upset or frustrated, maybe even hysterical? Well, your dog has 'situations' like that too. Except, it’s our job to make sure we don’t put them there in the first place.
Why do we want to avoid triggering these situations?
For one: it stresses our pets out (even if we get stressed).
Two: they respond by running, barking, or biting the nearest thing available (watch out for the hands!).
Third: many people think they’re at the end of their ropes and, instead of working on the problem, decide not to have their pet (big no-no).
So, what can we do when, let’s say, the person on a bike or skateboard passes right next to us dog-walking people?
For one: don’t panic yourself. It only works on transferring the emotion to your pet.
Two: make sure your dog is secure with a leash, better yet, a harness, so as not to choke them if they pull.
Third: move your dog to the opposite direction of the oncoming person (safely) or cross the street. Sometimes, giving your dog a command helps, such as “Stay,” “Sit,” or “Leave it.” Treat on hand.
If you’re inside a fenced yard, again, don’t panic. Call your pet to you and if that doesn’t work, distract them with something else. Have your dog sit next to you while keeping a hand on his collar while the person passes. Maybe consider placing a fence taller than your pet to deter them from jumping after anyone.
Certified pet trainers at local pet stores or online can assist you if the problem is severe. Always look for options. Many books, magazines, YouTube videos, and online resources are available that discuss this topic thoroughly. A little research goes a long way.
Maria A. Arana, Editor
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