1. If  Claude McKay was an Animal, he would be an owl, because he had a distinctive voice that was eerie and recognizable. He also carried with him wisdom that he desired to share with those around him.
  2. If he was a Plant, he would be a sunflower, striking and bold in his speech and message.
  3. If he was an Article of Clothing he would be a pair of jeans that we’re a bit too tight. McKay’s constant talk of racial issues would have been uncomfortable to the people of that time. McKay was the tight pair of jeans, that grow more and more uncomfortable until the person needs to change into a different pair of jeans, just like the people in McKay’s time needed to change the way society was run.
  4. If McKay was a Day of the Week he would be Sunday. He lived his life constantly trying to point out moral issues in society regarding race. His constant regard for right and wrong.
  5. If he was a Food he would be a gourmet meal; not very common, but unique and carrying some level of importance.
  6. If he was a Color he would be a soft green, because he was bold and stood out in his time, but also desired connection and closeness with his neighbors.
  7. If McKay was a Geometric Shape he would a triangle; a defined and familiar shape, but not one you would find often in your everyday life.
  8. If he was a  Fragrance he would be the smell of the earth after it’s just rained. There is something familiar and yet renewing about the smell of rain and McKay was a fairly well known man and spent his life trying to change and bring new life to the society around him.
  9. If he was a Type of Building he would be a lighthouse, standing strong against the crashing waves. McKay stood strong against the opposing pressures in his life and like a lighthouse, he shone light into the perpetual dark and grey seas for all to see.
  10. If he was a Word, he would be the word bold. Everything that McKay did was bold. His beautifully written poems boldly exposed problems in society. The way he lived his life boldly attempting to make changes to the racist culture that surrounded him.
  11. If McKay was a Musical Instrument he would be a trumpet, loudly playing its tune in a way that is pleasing to the ear. McKay wrote about the social inequalities of racism through his beautifully written sonnets that are pleasing to the ear.
  12. If he was a Season of the Year he would be autumn. Autumn is a season that makes the preparations for winter and in many ways, McKay pushed and waited for a period of full equality for African Americans.
  13. If he was an Appliance he would be a microwave; not quite appreciated as much as it should be and in many ways one of the most futuristic things in the kitchen. McKay was in many ways before his time with his ideas and thoughts.
  14. If he was a Natural Phenomenon he would be an earthquake. He tried to cause cracks in the society of his time and expose what was going on underneath the smoothly paved roads and seemingly perfect cities.
  15. If Claude McKay was a Literary Character he would be Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s book, Pride and prejudice. Like Elizabeth, McKay was not afraid to speak his mind and did so through his poems. Both were also not afraid of being different and standing out in their societies.

One thought on “Metaphors

  1. Hey Janet I really liked your post! You were thorough in your analysis and explanation used for each one, showing you put a lot of thought into and have a good understanding of the author. The post was very fluid and flowed easily from one idea to the next. I especially liked your metaphors of the natural phenomenon and petrol as they were creative, and also were clear/ effective comparisons to make in order for the reader to quickly learn the persona of your poet. A some critique would be to just proofread over your work- there were a few missing commas and spelling errors (last example). Overall well done!


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