Metaphor and Allegory


A metaphor is a phrasal expression, which is used to make a comparison of unrelated objects and actions; an allegory is often said to be an extended metaphor.

An allegory, which is a substitute for another object or action, includes more fine points than a metaphor. When compared to metaphor, allegory can be longer passages of comparison.

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
– Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

While metaphors are generally seen in literature, allegories are not only seen in literature, but also in sculptures, painting and a lot more.

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2 thoughts on “Metaphor and Allegory

  1. About that metaphor and allegory – I had never realized that allegories were found in non-literature expressions. “Verrrry interrrestink” as Arte Johnson used to voice in his inimitable way as he pocked his helmeted head through the grass back in the days of Laugh-In. (and to finish the line… “but vill it verk?”)

  2. … oops, that would be “poked” and not “pocked.” I guess you could pock your head if you didn’t wear a helmet in certain situations, as your Seinfeld quote indicated… No warries mite, I’m off here…

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