What are metaphors and similes?
What is a metaphor?
A metaphor is a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it were something else:
- For example, "A wave of terror washed over him."
- The terror isn't actually a wave, but a wave is a good way of describing the feeling.
- "Jess is dynamite."
- She's not made of dynamite, but it's a way to explain how exciting she is.
What is a simile?
A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using like or as:
- The snake moved like a ripple on a pond.
- It was as slippery as an eel.
- Jess is as graceful as a gazelle.
Try using metaphors and similes to make your own poetry or other writing more descriptive and interesting.