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Author Topic: Clashing Metaphors or Similes  (Read 6297 times)
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« on: April 26, 2012, 10:51:41 PM »

I don't want to be controversial but isn't the example given in the preamble a simile rather than a metaphor.

Metaphors are so much stronger than similes because they demand the cognisance of the reader/listener.  A simile uses the word 'like' e.g. something is like something else, which merely requires the reader listener to agree or otherwise.  Whereas a metaphor attributes the characteristics of something else, which demands the reader/listener to make the link and 'experience' the attribution.

To use an example from another thread:

Depression is like a run down house - simile.....

Depression is a run down house - metaphor....

Which do you think is the stronger?

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 10:52:10 PM »

Well spotted. I'll change it.
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