Similes are one of the most common forms of figurative language and can be found just about anywhere: plays, poems, song lyrics, even everyday conversations. A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things in an interesting way. The object of a simile is to spark an interesting connection in a reader's or listener's mind. To help you identify a simile versus a metaphor, know that the words “like” or “as” are typically used in a simile.
Similes are used in literature to make writing more vivid and powerful. In everyday speech they can be used to convey meaning quickly and effectively, as many commonly used expressions are similes. Some well-known similes you will often hear are:
As with a lot of figurative language, when talking to someone from another region or who's not speaking in their native language they might not get the meaning of many similes.
Similes can make our language more descriptive and enjoyable. Writers, poets, and songwriters make use of similes often to add depth and emphasize what they are trying to convey to the reader or listener. Similes can be funny, serious, mean, or creative.
Following are some more examples of similes:
Similes are a great tool to use in creative language, and they are pretty easy to start identifying and writing on your own. When creating your own, watch out for cliches and try to go beyond the obvious comparisons.
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