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. Both similes and metaphors take two concepts and compare them, drawing attention to the power of these concepts.
What are Similes:
Similes compare two concepts with "like" or "as." Generally, the comparison is more obvious when using a simile because "like" or "as" breaks apart the sentence.
- The day was as hot as the sun.
- He could swim like a fish.
- Her sneeze was as loud as a train whistle.
- I felt like a fish out of water.
What are Metaphors:
Metaphors compare two concepts without "like" or "as." Metaphors provide more subtlety to the descriptions; the comparisons are more seamless because there's not a distinct break to insert "like" or "as."
- The stars were diamonds in the sky.
- Her smile was a ray of sunshine.
- He couldn't stand because his legs were rubber.
Sometimes entire poems can be written in the form of a metaphor. For example, someone might compare life to the waves of the sea, which rise and fall. The character of a person could also be compared to objects like a diamond that doesn't bend under pressure. The people in a family might be described as the branches that make up a family tree.
When describing concepts in your writing, ask yourself if your writing will be enhanced by the use of a simile or metaphor.
Examples Of Poems With Metaphors
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
- Storm At Sea
- Swoosh, Boom, Crunch, Howl
- Life Without You
- A Broken Family Tree
- Truth Untold
- A Poison Tree
- Phenomenal Woman
- An Ocean of Memories
- Caged Bird