Poem-A-Day for the Month of April - Day 26: If You Were

Day 26: If You Were
Use similes (like) and metaphors (is).

The difference between the two is that a simile is comparing things somewhat 'similar' while a metaphor claims something is something else it could not actually be. That's my definition. Now I'll turn to my trusty dictionary.

Simile: n [<Latin] a figure of speech likening one thing to another by the use of the word "like" or "as."

Metaphor: n [<Greek] a figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as if it were another.

Let's take a look at my two examples, the first using like...

To A High School Classmate

If your hair was like a silver stream
Cascading down your back,
My hair was straw
From a moldy stack.

If you were like chrome,
Sleek and clean
I was just
A rough-hewn beam.

Here’s a metaphoric limerick thrown in just for fun...

A Rock And A Sparrow
You are a rock, steadfast, immovable.
I am a sparrow, flighty, improvable.
Yet as I flit upon you to sit,
I sense that we both are removable.

Yippee, I did it right.

My first verses used both similes and metaphors, while the last only a metaphor with personification.

Anna Arnett

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