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The best of TED-Ed: The art of the metaphor

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The adage goes: You learn something new every day. This is especially true if you watch TED-Ed lessons, which bring to life educational topics as varied as “insults by Shakespeare” and “pizza physics” with animation. As a holiday gift, we’re bringing you the TED-Ed’s team’s favorite talks of the year that, despite being amazing, didn’t get the number of views expected. Here, a second look at the lesson: Art of the Metaphor, from Jane Hirshfield.

Poet Jane Hirschfield’s language, evoking so many artful metaphors, is matched with Ben Pearce’s equally endearing animation, somehow coming off as cute, clever and relatable. Watch this lesson to be moved by the profundity of the English language.