A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make the description more emphatic or vivid.
1. As busy as a bee: Someone who is always busy doing something.
Usage: Since the exams are fast approaching, Jack is as busy as a bee.
2. Like peas in a pod: Someone who stays together always.
Usage: Kamila and her sister are like peas in a pod.
3. As innocent as a lamb: Someone naïve, gullible or faultless.
Everyone loves Rosy because she is as innocent as a lamb.
A simile establishes a connection between two things using the terms "like" or "as".
Similes are used to express thoughts/feelings/words in a unique way, which differs from the ordinary tone of speech.
1. It adds to the emotional/expressional intensity to make the reading more interesting.
2. It emphasizes the meaning of the thought.
3. It gives better clarity.
4. It adds a beautiful tone to the text.
5. Thereby makes it more attractive to the reader.
Simile used in the poem "Sea Fever":
- To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife.
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