Writing Tip: Metaphor and Simile


Writing Tip: Metaphor and Simile

Metaphor and Simile are great devices that you can use to create powerful imagery in your poetry. They can both provide a form of comparison between two things and can add suggestion to your writing. They are basic but important tools for you to master.

What is a metaphor?

A metaphor is a sentence (or phrase) that says one thing is actually something else.

Here’s an example: “Her eyes are diamonds.”

We know that her eyes are not actually diamonds, but the metaphor implies that they share similar qualities. You might think of orbs that shimmer, precious gems, or eyes held as sacred by the writer. The suggestion is that they are to be remembered and stand out, demonstrating their importance. Most importantly, the metaphor provides a strong image of a beautiful pair of eyes.

What is a simile?

A simile is a sentence (or phrase) that says one thing is like something else.

Here’s an example: “He was as fast as a cheetah.” or “He was fast, like a cheetah.”

The simile provides the man with the characteristics of a cheetah, suggesting that he is very quick or quicker than everyone else. It is not as abstract as a metaphor can be.

You should use a combination of metaphor and simile to create imagery in your poetry.

Written By: Laura Marie Clark

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About the Author

Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view  more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

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