Extended metaphor  A metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, without using the word "like" or "as." An extended metaphor is a sustained comparison in which part or all of a poem consists of a series of related metaphors. Robert Francis' poem "Catch" relies on an extended metaphor that compares poetry to playing catch.(See also, metaphor.)

The definitions in this glossary were adapted from The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Sixth Edition, by Michael Meyer