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Simile & Metaphor
Simile is a figure of speech in which two essentially different things are compared, often (though not always) in a phrase using the words like or as. Here are several examples of simile as taken from poems found in When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems and from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones).

Poems from When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems
Examples of Simile
Crusty and Rusty and Musty McGee
His eyes were like fire.
His teeth were like nails.
Marooned on Coconut Island
...and my brain is like putty.
Captain Keel's Fishing Trip
...a fish as wide as any ship
A Pirate's Curse
I was fat as a whale.
Commodore Quail
...and tough as a nail.
Poems from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones)
Examples of Simile
The Dance
...as sweet as a bird.
On Top of My Donkey
We stink like a polecat and old, moldy cheese.
Turkey on the Run
...hungry as a bear.
Mulligan Martinson Marley McGraw
...like the cars of a train,...
Her Darling Valentine
...fast as lightning...
The Great Chili Cook-Off
Her hair, like a bison's, was...
...but was off like a shot...

For our purposes, Metaphor is also a figure of speech in which two essentially different things are compared, but in this case it is done without the use of like or as. In effect, we end up saying one thing is something else. Here are a few examples of metaphor as taken from poems found in When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems and from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones).

Poems from When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems
Examples of Metaphor
Treasure Hunt
The captain's face is lobster-red.
Poems from Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones)
Examples of Metaphor
Mulligan Martinson Marley McGraw
...a prairie dog chain.
Bad Baxter Barton
...his moutaintop shoulders.














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