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English Stylistics Class 2014. simile

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At the last lesson we talked about simile. Simile, is a stylistic device that draws a comparison between two different objects belonging to dissimilar classes yet having something in com­mon. Simile can sometimes be implied, or as it is often called, disguise (or submerged). In such cases no comparative word is needed. Besides, as well as metaphors, similes can be extended.

English is rich with figurative expressions which add colour, vivid imagery and perhaps emotion to a sentence. Similes and metaphors are similar but not quite the same. A simile is a figure of speech that draws a comparison between two different things, especially a phrase containing the word “like” or “as”. The main difference is that with metaphor we use a word or words to express our understanding of a situation. So, for example “I could refer to my leaden feet” and this would be a metaphor. If I said that “my feet feel like lead” this would be a simile because I would be directly comparing one thing with another using the word "like".

Well, looking at some comparisons I got an idea of one training task. Try to make your own simile with these examples. I think if you connect all your fantasy and imagination we will have interesting variants.

1. like ink in spilled water

2. like timeless eyes of a statue

3.like towers of Pisa

4. as lonely as cloud

5. like death warmed up

Thanks for your attention, have a nice day)))

 

Some helpful  sites:

http://estylistics.blogspot.com/2012/05/simile-emphasizes-likeness-while.html

http://www.writers-free-reference.com/100bestsimile.htm

http://www.writers-free-reference.com/100bestsimile.htm

 

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