Monday, April 11, 2011

Poem #11 -- Similies, Metaphors, and Idioms

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Crafty metaphor is a sly fox,
hiding in plain sight.

Simple simile is as easy as 1, 2, 3,
as obvious as your nose on your face.

Idioms run around 
like chickens with their heads cut off,
get down to brass tacks, and
hit the hay when they get tired.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2011

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  1. Love the crafty metaphor. Very clever poem, ML :)!

  2. I agree with Jama- You are amazing! You just keep cranking out this brilliant work every day!

  3. This whole poem is sly and smart. Did you share it with your students? If! They'll love it!

  4. Amy -- I wrote it expressly for my students! We're working hard to keep these three ways of comparing and describing straight. It's fun to find them everywhere now that we're focusing on them. The song "Firework" by Katy Perry has all three, plus a great THEME we could identify...after we sang along to the YouTube of the lyrics!!!

  5. Love it! Needs to be in a textbook for students - but not a stuffy textbook. Oh, you know what I mean. Love it!

  6. Hi Mary Lee!

    Today's Daily Writing Tip was about great similes from literature to inspire you. Thought you might like to see it!

  7. Anonymous12:13 AM

    Exactly what Pam said - this is a brilliant way to teach these. I'm being wowed by your daily creative pursuits.


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