A simile is a figure of speech as well as a kind of metaphor which we use while comparing two different things with the help of words such as ‘like’ or ‘as’.
How to pronounce similes?
One way to pronounce similes is Si-Mi-Lee.
What is the purpose of Simile?
Similes are words that help in describing or telling more about a particular thing by comparing it with a different thing which can seem not to be connected with each other.
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, there is a direct comparison between ‘life’ and ‘ice cream’. We can also say that ‘life’ is directly compared with an ‘ice cream’, however irrelevant it may be. But, the meaning that is hidden inside 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, We use Hyperboles 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, there is a direct comparison between me and cloud. I am comparing myself to a lonely cloud and this does not literally mean that I am a cloud! Practically the sentence does not even makes sense but it is trying to give a message.
As said before, Similes are used in creative writing, poetries and in everyday conversation as it is one of the most interesting ways to build dramatic effect on a conversation, writings, etc. Very often, writers make use of Similes to bring out difficult concepts into writings about broader topics.
How can you write a good 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 that it goes hand-in-hand with the scene. A Simile helps the readers to visualize the picture in their minds and for this, you will have to make sure to match both the ideas and things that you compare.
If you want to add spice to your writings, then including Similes in your writings is an amazing and creative way of doing so! But, remember that you will have to make use of the Similes in a limited number. Avoid using it in every sentence as it will sound cliche and may 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