As writers we often attempt to use real world examples to give our readers a more vivid understanding of what we are trying to portray to them. Writers often use similes which where you compare two things that share a common feature. When we use similes the words "as" and "like" are used to complete the comparison. When we make a direct comparison, but leave the words "as" and "like" out of it this is called a metaphor. These worksheets will have students work with more complex comparisons. This will help grow their writing technique and use of figurative language.
Similes and metaphors are the most commonly used figurative elements in writing. They are deliberately used by authors for many reasons and show a writer's capability with words. Their presence in literal work enhances its importance and makes it sound more appealing. While there is a fine line between these two figures of speech in terms of their functions and status in a sentence, authors are likely to use metaphors and similes both for some specific reasons that are similar for the use of both.
Moreover, the generic conventions followed by the authors while using metaphors and similes are almost the same throughout the written works.
Here are some of the most common ways in which the two are used:
To Describe Things in Detail
An author is likely to introduce his/her point to the readers while using some similes and metaphors. Their use makes it really easy for the author to describe whatever he or she is saying in detail and also makes it easier for the reader to understand whatever the writer is trying to convey. Metaphors and similes allow writers to add more and more description to whatever they are trying to describe using a very few, yet meaningful words.
To Evoke the Reader's Interest
A bland piece of writing sounds boring to the readers while the artistic use of metaphors and similes can easily convert a boring, dull, and plain piece into a beautiful piece of art.
Some Other Conventions Followed by Writers While Using Similes and Metaphors
Even when there are no hard and fast rules for their use, writers are likely to follow the following patterns in using these two figures of speech:
- One element from either the simile or metaphor is used in a single sentence.
- Writers generally try to avoid already and excessively used similes and metaphors and try creating their own, interesting figurative elements in their works.
- These are always used in less quantity in any text so that the writing does not sound mechanical.