Metaphor Poems: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Learn about metaphor poems in literature and discover the literary device of a metaphor. Discover how metaphors are used to convey imagery in poems and explore examples of metaphor poems. Updated: 12/27/2021


''John, you need to clean up! Your room is a natural disaster!'' At some point in your life, you may have heard a parent or grown-up call your name and direct you to clean up a messy room. Just like John, your room was probably described as a disaster of some sort. This phrase you hear when you need to clean up is a great example of a metaphor that could be used in a poem.

A metaphor compares two different words or phrases using the words 'is' or 'are.' For example, ''Your room is a natural disaster'' compares a messy room to the chaos and cleanup needed after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flood. It's a metaphor because it makes the comparison by using the word 'is.'

Metaphor poems are poems that contain metaphors, which compare different people, places, things, or ideas. As a literary device, metaphors in poems help the reader to better understand the author's meaning. For example, if a poet is trying to describe the sunset pictured in this image, he or she may use a metaphor to help the reader understand what it looks like. Can you think of a metaphor to describe this image?


Some metaphors a poet might use to help the reader visualize what the sunset looks like could be:

  • The sunset is a beautiful canvas.
  • The sunset is colorful cotton candy.
  • The sunset is paint on an artist's brush.

Even though the reader is unable to see the sunset the poet is describing, the metaphor helps him or her understand what the sunset may look like.

Metaphor poems can look very different. Some may rhyme, while others may not. They can be short or long and written about any topic. Many metaphor poems contain multiple metaphors.

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Example Poem: Homework

For example, I'm going to read a poem about homework in which there are many different metaphors used to describe homework. Can you find them all?

A Metaphor Poem

The metaphors in the poem are:

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