Metaphors are cute little puppies in need of a loving poetic home.
I’d eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could.
The metaphors, not the puppies.
Now, I’m not going to go into metaphors in detail here. But I just wanted to post to introduce you to a fantastic new tool that Eliot has conjured up to help spark some ideas when we’re sat staring at a blank screen with air for brains.
It’s called Adopt A Metaphor
and it lives in the experiments section of the site.
You can find the experiments section of the site under 'More' in the new footer at the bottom of any HP page. (Have a little explore through there now if you've not seen it before!)
Or you can go directly to the Experiments Page
There are 100,000 cute little puppy metaphors waiting for someone to come and adopt them by writing a short poem that makes use of them.
The way it works is very simple. Go to the Metaphor Orphanage
and you will be immediately confronted with the wide-eyed combination of two carefully selected words which you may well never have seen sharing the same basket before.
Word-pairs such as:Unveil SanityTrade HumilityCook up Brutality
The idea is that with a moment or two of your attention, these little puppies might grow into 101 dalmations of different types and sizes.
If you really don't like the look of the combo you've been given, click on the 'Another' button and you'll be given a fresh pair of puppy eyes.
If however it does spark an image in your mind, go with it! Write a quick first draft to capture that image and hit 'Post'.
As the name suggests, it’s an experiment at the moment, so it's all about getting your feedback and incorporating your suggestions for improvements.
On that note, thank you to the following for their comments and suggestions on recent blogs – click to view a random poem of :RaitchJamie L JohnsonSamuel Dickinsonedward rylesBrandon BarnesRichard ShepherdLaurie Fisher