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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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Or the similes whose structure is not metaphorical, so that it specifies one or two letters from a word an d creates themes.
By writing poetry, in general; in particular, by making and multiplying similes.
But the new thing Shibata's team has found out is that, when processing similes, there was an increase in activity in the medial frontal region, which may be linked to processes of inference.
Because Homeric epic is traditional poetry (composed in performance and handed down for centuries without the technology of writing), Homeric similes accumulate additional meaning and resonance over time.
E neste aspecto da distancia epica e nos similes que de forma mais clara e significativa se pode observar como um novo modo de narrar implica uma diferenca substancial de concepcao sobre a arte narrativa, que necessariamente acompanha outras mudancas na mundividencia homerica e nomeadamente no tocante a perspectiva sobre os deuses (20).
In a fit of journalistic integrity I bought Right Ho, Jeeves before writing this column, but even though I read quite a bit of it, I was unable to find any brilliant and entirely original similes in its pages.
Leedy's cleverly written book introduces readers to the craft of similes in telling the hilarious story of Babette the sheep, who is trying to catch Rufus the fox.
I never metaphor I didn't like; a comprehensive compilation of history's greatest metaphors, analogies, and similes.
At the beginning of the third book of the Iliad, Homer uncorks a spectacular series of similes that follow upon one another in close succession.
The total volume of similes in poem 68 has no comparison in ancient literature.
The art of description, or ekphrasis, is studied initially in general, seen in conjunction with such basic Homeric issues as formulaic language and similes, but via discussions on Homeric descriptions of nature and agriculture, the book ends up studying Homeric descriptions of arts and crafts.
In the sample of a global economics course, concepts of relationships might be used to demonstrate economic theory; sports analogies may be used to illustrate systems theory; animal metaphors and similes may be used to illustrate economic principles; life cycle topics may be used to engage students in classroom discussions; babies and young persons may be used to contextualize social and economic conditions; and so on.