Okay, the title of this post came on a bit too strong. I don’t HATE metaphors, I just don’t like them. Honestly, I’ve never been one for them. Yes, they are beautiful and I do enjoy the occasional poetic turn of phrase but that’s about it. My poems are typically straightforward and easy to understand for this very reason.
It’s not like I can’t get lyrical, it’s that I don’t want to. The very thought is a huge turnoff. Of course, owing to the fact that I don’t like them and use them sparingly, I’m not great at using metaphors, but I think I can employ them when required.
Still, I try to ensure I use them only when it is absolutely necessary. Because I believe that poems shouldn’t be hard to figure out. The message a poem is trying to convey is far more important than how beautifully it is written. Beauty often creates complications, and this is true even in the case of poetry. Given a choice between simplicity and beauty in a poem, I’d choose simplicity any day.
PS I love Sylvia Plath and anyone who knows how to make their metaphors WORK.