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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY ELEVENMetaphor as Design Device

A Definition and Some Background

A metaphor is a figure of comparison that implies some likeness in two disparate realms thus making a verbal equation: “All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players” (Shakespeare). That statement claims, in effect: Life = a play. This metaphor reflects one of our core concepts as heard in such expressions as “My role as teacher,”and “She was upstaged by her sister.” It served as the basis for the 2000 hit, “Same Script, Different Cast.”

Thinking metaphorically draws upon the right brain's ability to visualize, note similarities, and synthesize, thus using a thought process natural to the right-brain intuitive/feeling type, the NF.

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