is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, often introduced with the words "like" or "as". A simile is different from a metaphor
, in that the writer makes it clear
that a comparison is being made.
The following example, from the poem Meta Metaphor
, uses a simile to describe similes:Meta MetaphorThe simile is like an actor's prop
That dresses up a bare and hardwood stage(Copyright 2010 by Douglas Twitchell)
The use of the word "like" warns the reader that a comparison is made. The comparison is that just as a prop makes the stage more interesting, a simile makes a poem more interesting.See AlsoMetaphorPersonificationCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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