What’s the Difference Between Metaphor, Simile, and Analogy?


A recurring theme in teaching Tai Chi ( at least in my classes! ) is the use of language and it’s limitations in the transmission of concepts and experiences, as an aid to learning Tai Chi across the physical, intellectual and emotional range of human expression – so I have taken the notes below from masterclass.com as a very clear explanation – from which  think we can agree that since as a teacher I am always seeking to make a point, then every simile or metaphor is being used as an analogy…………….?

  • A simile is saying something is like something else.
  • A metaphor is often poetically saying something is something else.
  • An analogy is saying something is like something else to make some sort of an explanatory point.
  • You can use metaphors and similes when creating an analogy.

So – analogy it is then, I’m glad we got that cleared up.

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