Which word (if any) best describes a complete story that is made up of analogies, metaphors and possibly some parables?

For example, if I was writing a story about someone's life journey, but writing it as if it was a boat on a river that started as a small trickle, then gained momentum and energy, had periods of calm, then encountered rough waters etc. Would that be an analogy? Would the fact it is a story be too much for an analogy? I think of an analogy more like a one-liner or a sentence at most.

I don't think parable would fit. A parable appears to require a moral to the story. My story may not have a moral to it. Also I don't think a metaphor is broad enough. Perhaps a sustained metaphor?

Please help..

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    Perhaps an allegory? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory Oct 11, 2017 at 9:45
  • On ELU, 'metaphor' is usually used with the 'sustained/extended metaphor' sense. Look up 'the container metaphor', 'the up-is-good metaphor'. For an intelligent audience, 'metaphor' works well. 'Analogy' sounds rather clinical. 'Allegory' is not incorrect, but sounds dated. And as for 'parable' .... Oct 11, 2017 at 10:27
  • The "story analogy" you refer to was made famous by a particular Classical Era poet (Roman, possibly Greek), who popularized it. But I can't remember who it was, and my Google-Fu currently isn't helping me. Still looking, but if anyone knows who I'm referring to, release me from my agony! I even still remember the example we discussed in class, how he described the story of a weeping mother to a tigress who has lost her cubs and compulsively kept looking for them.
    – Flater
    Oct 11, 2017 at 12:02
  • Found the poet (Ovid, the tigress example is from Metamorphoses), but there seems to be no established name relating to his use of analogy/metaphor/allegory. We always referred to it in class as an "Ovidian allegory" and were told that it's a well-establish literary device, but I'm not finding any resources that confirm this.
    – Flater
    Oct 11, 2017 at 12:15
  • Thank you, both Edwin and Flater. Flater, I was unaware of the 'Ovidian allegory' and will investigate it further.
    – GoodJuJu
    Oct 11, 2017 at 20:07


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