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(sĭm`əlē) [Lat.,=likeness], in rhetoric, a figure of speech in which an object is explicitly compared to another object. Robert Burns's poem "A Red Red Rose" contains two straightforward similes:
My love is like a red, red rose
  That's newly sprung in June:
My love is like the melody
  That's sweetly played in tune.
The epic, or Homeric, simile is an elaborate, formal, and sustained simile derived from those of Homer.



a category in stylistics and poetics; a figure of speech comparing two things that share a common feature. The aim of the simile is to reveal new and important attributes in the thing being compared. For example, the simile “The poet’s madness eternal/Is like a fresh spring amid the ruins” (V. Solov’ev) indirectly evokes an image of the unfailing “pulse” and “boundless” vital force of the poetic word against a background of “finite” empirical reality.

A simile is comprised of the thing being compared (the object of the simile), the thing with which it is juxtaposed (the means), and their common feature (the basis of the simile). The simile enhances a line’s literary effect by revealing the basic trait of the object of the simile and other attributes of the object as well.

The simile is widely used in folklore and poetry. It may be figurative, for example, “And their curls as white as morning snow on the glorious summit of a burial mound” (A. S. Pushkin), or emotive, for example, “Beautiful as an angel from heaven” (M. Iu. Lermonotov); it may also combine both functions. The conjunctions “as,” “like,” “as if,” and “similar to” generally join the parts of the simile.


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There's some natty callback material as the show progresses while the wordplay throughout is exquisite - few comics boast quite such a mastery of the simile in particular - but some of the topics wear a little thin.
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The texts provide strong language models for their readers through the use of appropriate vocabulary, similes and extended sentence structures, as well as sounding pleasing to the ear when read out loud.
Taken a step further, this then becomes a poetry sequence, with all the edited ideas copied over to PowerPoint: images alongside similes, a verse per slide and a lasting impression made.
This is not a book of rhyming couplets, sonnets, and complicated rhythmic patterns, nor is it poetry laced with vague similes and metaphors.
London, May 5 ( ANI ): In the 4th century BC Aristotle concluded that "the difference is but slight" between similes and metaphors.
A recent interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart not only reminded us of the Iliad, however; our subsequent discussions of it led us to reconsider some Iliadic similes that we had interpreted in our earlier publications.
There is also a certain poetic or elusive quality to his work and his metaphors and similes can catch readers off guard.
Combining whimsical illustrations with examples of similes and metaphors, Gibeau's book helps children distinguish between the two figures of speech.
But no, he meant it when he declared, "One has to regard a man as a Master who can produce on average three uniquely brilliant and entirely original similes to every page.