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The beauty of metaphors

April 8, 2013 1 comment

apple of eye

A metaphor is defined in the dictionary as a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance , in other words an implied comparison.

Some examples of metaphors are:
the apple of my eye
broken heart
rollercoaster of emotions
its raining men etc.

Metaphors allow us to think out of the box and compare one thing to another in a totally different context.  They help us to get a break from structured thinking and think visually or creatively.

In the above examples , ‘apple of my eye’ is used to refer to someone dear or adorable.  Similarly  ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ suggests mood swings like the ups and downs of a rollercoaster ride.

A metaphor allows us to weave our words and use creativity to convey a better understanding.  Instead of saying he is happy , when we say he is feeling above the moon – it signifies a feeling of being elated and excited.  Metaphors create impactful statements which remain in the mind of readers.   They make use of vivid imagery to convey to the reader a picture rather than a bland statement.

Other figures of speech like simile, hyperbole, alliteration etc also help us to add depth to the meaning of our words and create an impact on the reader.

If music be the food of love, play on …

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Act 1, scene 1, 1-3

Our minds are nowadays so full of logical thinking.  Right from the morning hours when we wake up to the end of the day we get lost in our preoccupations.  The mind is subjected to routine tasks of brushing teeth, having a shower, packing up, ironing clothes etc.  Then when do we get the time to relax our nerves, stretch a leg and have fun?

We are used to performing left brain activities everyday.  So, we need a creative outlet to express ourselves .  This can be done by engaging in right brain activities.  We can do this through art, music, and fun outdoor activities or evening watching a cartoon with your kid.

I found that I have been performing less right brain activities and since last year I started taking part in activities that I have never thought of doing earlier.  I took up  Indian classical violin lessons.  Then I started taking an active part in Toastmasters which gives you an avenue to communicate on topics which are outside the realm of office or business life.  I also indulge in poetry writing more often, biking, inline skating and occasionally run a marathon.

Music is a great stress reliever.  When you play music or sing a song with all your heart it is a great avenue to pour out from the innermost recesses of your heart.  A soulful rendition also wins everyones hearts.  Most of all, it makes us feel light and relaxed.  Music is a form of meditation and has been recommended as a remedy for stress-related illnesses.  Music can promote concentration, alertness and it stimulates our brain.

Plato so wisely said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

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