I have never understood the concept of a metaphor the way I've come to understand it the past few days. I just realized the descriptive power they have. But I am still a little confused about the way they work and how to use them. One thing I am thinking about is the implied metaphor. I read that you can use a verb that pertain to a certain thing, and apply to that a subject, and have it treat the subject as if it were that thing. I wonder if you can also do that with the object. For instance, I was writing a poem, (a lousy poem), and I wanted to express the concept of the reader resting in the fact that I wasn't going to bother them with words anymore. So I wrote this line, "Lay upon my silence." As if silence were like a bed or a pillow. I wonder if that is an acceptable metaphor. The strange thing is that how could anyone be sure it was a bed or a pillow since it could be anything else one might lie on. Maybe I should have said, "Rest upon my silence." Anyway, I don't know how words work together to create a metaphor. I want to know all the different ways that words can shape them. I want to know precisely, on both a linguistic and a cognitive level, how they work. I know there are numerous linguistic devices. In one of them, a part is used to represent the whole. Maybe this is not a metaphor, but it has to do with figurative language. I want to know all of it. Also, I would like to know what are the best ways to go about strengthening skills with metaphors? I noticed an increase in the connections I was making after I practiced for a little while. Is this an indicator of anything?