Archive | September 11, 2011

TOW: Grammar Girl. Metaphors. Similes.

The only difference between metaphors and similes is the inclusion or exclusion of the word “like.” …or is it?

It isn’t.

This blog has taught that the difference between these two literary icons is much greater than just the word, “like.” However I still maintain the fact that the word “like” is a dead giveaway and warning sign of simile. ¬†Metaphors, being more concrete, offer a greater illusion and real imagery to the words and the items being metaphorically described. Similes, on the other hand, are used to describe various ideas to people (depending on how basic an idea, “morons”) in the simplest form. More specifically, using an idea that they are more familiar with and find similarities in what you are trying to describe. Similarities…maybe that’s where the term “similes” comes from, but anyways I digress.

What surprised me about this blog post was the detail that was taken to describe how metaphors and similes are used, as opposed to just how to identify them.

I would like to know more about metaphors; they seem so much more interesting than similes. Metaphors are Muhammad Ali and similes are my uncle Mike; similes would go down in the first round.

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