Creative and technical writing is a hard skill that has many nuances and techniques a person must try to master. There are many ways a writer can augment their written outputs, one of which is called a literary device. A simile is one of the most common literary devices a person can encounter and observe.
A simile is a subtype of a metaphor that tries to illustrate similarities between two objects, concepts, or entities that are unlike one another. The simile has a unique sentence structure it utilizes the words “like” or “as” in the sentence.
A well-written simile can significantly improve the quality of the writing or poem. The simile will not only improve the quality of your writing but will also help provide the audience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of your point of view.
Begin by finding two common nouns, proper nouns, collective or plural nouns, or singular nouns that you want to create a simile about. Be sure that both nouns are not that similar or related to one another.
Before making the simile or outlining the simile’s structure, you must determine the point you are trying to make with the simile. This will provide you with the necessary information you can use to create and set up the simile.
If you still do not know how to create a simile, you should try and create an outline of the simile. This will help act as a simile template or reference you can use to easily create your simile.
Create a simile with the words you have chosen. Be sure to properly set up the simile as people can misinterpret the point you are trying to make in the simile. Do not forget to add the linking verbs “like” or “as” in the sentence.
There are many literary devices and figures of speech writers use to augment and improve their books, stories, and other creative writing outputs. Two types of literary devices have very similar uses but have distinct sentence structures. A simile is a figure of speech that likens one thing to another using linking verbs “like” or “as” in the sentence. Metaphor has very similar uses as it tries to describe one thing as another, but does not have a limiting sentence structure. We can mainly see the difference between these two literary devices by examining these examples: “Marjorie shines like a star.” and “Marjorie is a star.” The first example uses the word “like” to connect Marjorie and the star, which makes it a simile. The second example describes Marjorie as being like a star without using the word “like” or “as” making it a metaphor.
Poems and haikus are forms of creative writing wherein the author or writer expresses oneself and their feelings. Poets use poems to try and explain the author’s subjective point of view and perspective, which will often have nuanced contexts, themes, and tones. Idioms and metaphors present an easy way to relate a characteristic of one thing to another in a paced manner, which makes these literary devices the ideal way to explain one’s feelings and perspective. The usage of these types of literary devices is primarily the main reason why poets use idioms and metaphors in their writing.
Antithesis is a figure of speech and a type of metaphor that tries to contrast and juxtapose two or more things as a way to create a new point. Idioms, on the other hand, is a figure of speech and a type of metaphor that compares and likens two things to one another. Antithesis is the juxtaposition of a simile as it tries to ultimately differentiate and contrast one thing from another, while a simile tries to liken and point out a similarity. In conclusion, writers use antithesis to contrast two things, while writers use a simile to point out similarities from one thing to another.
A simile is a figure of speech that focuses on creating a comparison between two unlike things and drawing a conclusion on their similarities. The basic sentence structure of the simile will need to have the words “like” or “as” connecting both words. When properly done, a simile can create an apt representation of the similarities both chosen words have.