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    Question "Allegory" in simple terms...

    Would you please explain it?

    I think most of the online definitions are vague... I need something easy to understand.

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    Default Re: "Allegory" in simple terms...

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Would you please explain it?

    I think most of the online definitions are vague... I need something easy to understand.
    An allegory is a story that works on various different levels of meaning - like Aesop's fables, or Jesus' parables, or Orwell's Animal Farm.
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    Lightbulb Re: "Allegory" in simple terms...

    I see.
    Well I think now it's becoming clearer, though still I find difficulty in differentiating it from the term "metaphor" but I know for sure that they are not synonymous words and perhaps the latter commonly used regarding poetry... As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts.

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    Default Re: "Allegory" in simple terms...

    A metaphor is short: He is a pig.

    An extended metaphor can be a bit longer: Too many cooks were involved in this project and not surprisingly we ended up with an over-seasoned, gloppy soup instead of an elegant main course.

    An allegory is an entire story. You can read an allegory as a simple story. You can read Animal Farm and think it's about animals.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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