Folk songs are important cultural elements that express and reflect people's feelings and thoughts. People, their pain, joy, longing, love, expatriate etc. they express through folk songs. Folk songs are considered an important heritage of folk culture not only with their melodies but also with their lyrics. Because, whether the owner is known or not, the lyrics of folk songs contain topics that tell the realities of life, that the listeners find something from themselves, and that translate their own thoughts. When the lyrics of folk songs are examined, it is seen that the subjects they contain are conveyed from time to time with different expression styles. It is thought that the narrations made in this way are effective in creating more intense emotions of the narrated phenomenon. One of these forms of expression is metaphor. In this study, the metaphorical expressions (metaphor) in the lyrics of 15 folk songs belonging to the Muğla region have been determined and it has been tried to explain how and in what manner they are used.
Keywords: Folk song, metaphor, Mugla folk songs