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					                         Metaphor and Similes
Metaphors and similes are figurative types of language that allow you to create an image in the mind
of your listener or reader by describing things in a unique way. With both metaphors and similes, you
creatively describe something by comparing it to something very different that has qualities similar to
the object you are describing.

It’s easier to describe metaphors and similes with an example.

A Metaphor:
Her hair, a halo of the purest gold, circled her face.

Instead of saying a girl had blonde hair, the metaphor in the sentence above says her hair was “a halo
of the purest gold”. A metaphor describes by saying one thing is another.

A Simile:
The boys, like a band of wild savages, attacked the birthday cake.

Instead of saying the boys displayed bad manners as they fought to get a piece of birthday cake, the
simile compares them to “a band of wild savages”. The simile is extended by saying the boys
“attacked” the birthday cake. A simile describes by saying one thing is like another thing. (It may also
use the word “as”. The boys, wild as a band of savages, attacked the birthday cake.)

So, what’s the difference between a metaphor and a simile?
*A metaphor describes by saying one thing is another.
*A simile describes by saying one thing is like another thing.

Listed below are 45 people or things. Please use them to write 10 metaphors and 10 similes. Do not
use any one of these more than once. These are subjects only. When you write your metaphors and
similes, write them in complete sentence form. Use active verbs when possible. Avoid cliches.

A girl with red hair           A sweaty man                          Fresh mountain water
A dark night                   A high building                       New snow
A nightmare                    An old woman’s face                   A castle
A large fish                   A person with pimples                 A gun
A beautiful song               Batman                                Leaves
A terrible secret              A bad song                            A comfortable bed
A thin boy                     Undisciplined children                A telephone
A tall mountain                A spider making a web                 A teacher
A graceful athlete             A mother feeding her child            A criminal
A clumsy child                 A pregnant woman                      A good student
A sleeping baby                A loud sound                          Smoke
An exciting moment             Waves crashing on a beach             A nice car
A loud noise                   An eagle                              A bad car
A terrible smell               A wounded soldier                     A stranger
A sweet taste                  A stupid joke                         Cigarettes
Metaphor and Similes
Metaphors and similes are figurative types of language that allow you to
create an image in the mind of your listener or reader by describing things in
a unique way. With both metaphors and similes, you creatively describe
something by comparing it to something very different that has qualities
similar to the object you are describing.

It’s easier to describe metaphors and similes with an example.

A Metaphor:
Her hair, a halo of the purest gold, circled her face.

Instead of saying a girl had blonde hair, the metaphor in the sentence above
says her hair was “a halo of the purest gold”. A metaphor describes by
saying one thing is another.

A Simile:
The boys, like a band of wild savages, attacked the birthday cake.

Instead of saying the boys displayed bad manners as they fought to get a
piece of birthday cake, the simile compares them to “a band of wild
savages”. The simile is extended by saying the boys “attacked” the birthday
cake. A simile describes by saying one thing is like another thing. (It may
also use the word “as”. The boys, wild as a band of savages, attacked the
birthday cake.)

So, what’s the difference between a metaphor and a simile?

*A metaphor describes by saying one thing is another.

*A simile describes by saying one thing is like another thing.

				
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