In class, we've been discussing the parts of a metaphor and the ways we can use the parts of metaphors in poetry to better understand meaning in a poem. Your task for tonight's homework is to post 3 metaphors (remember, that can include similes as well!) from 1 poem or song you know well. Under each metaphor, list its parts (the tenor, vehicle & grounds). After, write a little bit about what the metaphors have in common and what you can better understand about the poem or song through its metaphors.
Don't forget to cite your poem!
"I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky" (Eddie Vedder, "Black," Pearl Jam Ten)
vehicle: a star in somebody else's sky
grounds: both the person the speaker describes and the star will be bright & important
"All five horizons revolved around her soul as the Earth to the Sun" (Eddie Vedder, "Black," Pearl Jam Ten)
tenor (a): the five horizons tenor (b): her soul
vehicle (a): the Earth vehicle (b): the Sun
grounds: one revolves around the other; everything important in his life revolved around her in the same way the Earth revolves around the sun
"And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass of what was everything" (Eddie Vedder, "Black," Pearl Jam Ten)
tenor: what was everything
vehicle: broken glass
grounds: both are shattered
These metaphors help to communicate the meaning that the speaker feels that he has lost everything important in his life since his relationship has ended. He is devastated that she will be important in someone else's life in the future and will cease to have a central role in his. He talks about the way his world revolved around her, describes his world as shattered now that she's left it and says that she'll "be a star in somebody else's sky," lamenting that she will not "be a star" in "[his]."