A simile is a figure of speech and a type of metaphor that is used to compare two different things by using words such as ‘like’ or ‘as’ and is pronounced as Si-Mi-Lee.

What is the purpose of Simile?

Simile helps in describing one thing by comparing it with another thing that can seem to be unrelated. 

Let us take a sentence as an example to understand it in a much better way,

“Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it until it melts!”

     Over here, ‘life’ is directly compared with an ‘ice cream’, however irrelevant it may be. But, the hidden meaning of this sentence is to enjoy life until it lasts and to live in the moment, to enjoy the moment! 

How does a Simile work?

Very often, Hyperbole is used in Similes in order to exaggerate a sentence, to create more emphasis, and for the poetic effect. For example, “I wandered as lonely as a cloud” is an example of Simile because in this sentence, I am comparing myself to a lonely cloud and this does not literally mean that I am a cloud!

Using Similes in sentences and creative writing is one of the greatest ways of making the writings more exciting and memorable without losing their clarity. Very often, writers make use of Similes in order to introduce tough and concrete images into writings about broad and abstract concepts. This makes the readers more aware of the fact about the direct comparison being made with the help of Similes compared to the Metaphor. Metaphors are usually more poetic and subtle.

How can you write a good Simile?

It is easy to write a Simile as compared to other writings as an easy formula is used. Normally, a Simile is simple and clear as you don’t need to become a Shakespeare when writing a Simile. Clear and easy Similes are written using simple and everyday language; so there is no rocket science in writing down Similes. You just have to compare two things and have to make sure whether it fits in the scene or not. A Simile helps in painting the picture in the minds of the readers so you will have to make sure to match both the ideas and comparisons.

If you want to spice up your writings, then including Similes in your writings is a great way of doing so! But, remember that you will have to use the Similes sparingly. Avoid using it in every sentence as it will sound cliche and will bore the readers.

Here are some examples of Similes

  • As cold as ice
  • As busy as a bee
  • As clear as crystal
  • As cool as a cucumber
  • As cunning as a fox
  • As hot as fire
  • As cold as fire

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