A figure of speech in which an explicit comparison is made between two essentially unlike things, usually using like, as or than, as in Burns', "O, my luve's like A Red, Red Rose" or Shelley's "As still as a brooding dove," in "The Cloud " Sidelight: Similes in which the parallel is developed and extended beyond the initial comparison, often being sustained through several lines, are called epic or Homeric similes, since they occur frequently in epic poetry, both for ornamentation and to heighten the heroic aspect (Compare Analogy, Metaphor, Symbol, Synecdoche)
A simile is an expression which describes a person or thing as being similar to someone or something else. For example, the sentences `She runs like a deer' and `He's as white as a sheet' contain similes. an expression that describes something by comparing it with something else, using the words 'as' or 'like', for example 'as white as snow' metaphor (similis; SIMILAR). Figure of speech involving a comparison between two unlike entities. In a simile, unlike a metaphor, the resemblance is indicated by the words "like" or "as." Similes in everyday speech reflect simple comparisons, as in "He eats like a bird" or "She is slow as molasses." Similes in literature may be specific and direct or more lengthy and complex. The Homeric, or epic, simile, which is typically used in epic poetry, often extends to several lines
a comparison between two things, using "like" or "as " Malachi speaks of the Lord as "like the refiner's fire" (3, 2) and the Psalms say the soul longs for God " as the hind longs for the running waters" (42, 1) See metaphor
A figure of speech in which two things are compared using the word like or as An example of a simile using like occurs in Langston Hughes's poem Harlem: What happens to a dream deferred?/ Does it dry up/ like a raisin in the sun?
- a figure of speech that makes an explicit comparison between two things by using words such as like, as, than, appears, and seems The effectiveness of the simile is created by the differences between the two things compared, and it is the job of the simile itself to suggest the important ways in which the two are similar
/ an explicit comparison between two things using 'like' or 'as' *My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease, Shakespeare, Sonnet XLVII *Reason is to faith as the eye to the telescope D Hume [?] *Let us go then, you and I, While the evening is spread out against the sky, Like a patient etherized upon a table T S Eliot, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples, Ross Scaife)
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