Clark 31 comments. Ah, the metaphor and the simile. Two of the most delightful tools of the writer. Enabling one to show how two seemingly vastly different scenarios are exactly the same. Photo by Dominic Alves.
By Tynea Lewis more by Tynea Lewis. Do you want to make the descriptions in your writing stronger? Do you want people to connect your words with other experiences in their lives? Using similes or metaphors is a great way to add explanations to your writing.
Using Similes and Metaphors to Enrich Our Writing (Part 1)
A metaphor is a figure of speech that is used to make a comparison between two things that aren't alike but do have something in common. Unlike a simile, where two things are compared directly using like or as , a metaphor's comparison is more indirect, usually made by stating something is something else. A metaphor is very expressive; it is not meant to be taken literally. You may have to work a little to find the meaning in a metaphor.
What I want to do though, is to introduce you to a metaphor in the first line itself. They stroke your imagination, drawing beautiful comparisons between two apparently unrelated things or ideas. Here are a few more simple metaphor examples :. Like them?