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A poem is not a delicate piece of pottery that clumsy hands may drop and break in pieces.

It can be analysed, dissected put under the microscope; and the closer and more detailed the examination, the more one finds to admire as with any work of art. from Feet on the Ground by Margaret . !"#onnell

Poetry like any other fine arts, exist to be enjoyed and appreciated. It is obvious that to some extent appreciation grows in understanding. I 've learned and developed an appreciation and enjoyment of poetry, but it did not come easy, it took a long time for me to like poetry. I must thank my English high school teachers who have that difficult task of developing this sense of appreciation and enjoyment in me. he words and expressions in a poem have been chosen to create images or pictures in our minds. !hen we read poem we see, hear, taste, touch and smell the world that it offers. "ow poets do it, one way to do it is by using simile or metaphors.

SIMILES
!hen we describe something, we often use the expression, # It was like" so that we can convey our experience vividly to our listener who may never have seen or heard what we are describing. !e want our listener to understand fully what we have seen, heard or felt. If a friend had been to a dentist and we asked "!hat was it like$# we might get a reply, like %y mouth feels like a beaten-up punching bag. his is an example of a simile, in this way we are making the description more colourful, dramatic and interesting. &imile is a figure of speech and can often be exxaggerations because this is a way to capture the listener's attention. he simile asks us to picture one thing as being similar to another ' often using the word 'like' or the word 'as' . . . to link our pictures' in the mind.

Examples of Simile:

&he swins like a fish. "e's as hairy as a gorilla. Peter laughs like a hyena. %r. (ohn is as wise as an owl.

)llow me, it's as easy as ABC. *ecause I was embarrassed my face was as red as a ripe tomato. %y love is like a red, red rose. he world is like a stage. &he got a neck like a pipe. hat girl have a hair like rat's tail.

Examples of Simile Poems About Animals

Metaphors
If we write a comparison between two things and omit the word "like# then we are using a Metaphor.

he metaphor goes a step further than the simile and instead of asking us to picture one thing as being like another, we are asked to picture one thing as being another. !e are describing one thing as if it were actually another. %etaphors are not only use in poetry but can be found in all types of writing, metaphors enliven ordinary language, it create new meanings, they allow you to write about feelings, thoughts, things, experiences . Examples of Metaphor:

"e was a tornado, blasting his way through the opposing team. "e was a lion in the fight. he moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. Education is your passport to satisfying employment. he truck flew down the empty highway. %y love is a red, red rose. he boy told his mother a white lie. he thief was caught red'handed.

!hen making a metaphor about something, look closely at the object and ask yourself+

what does it look like what does it sound like$ what does it feel like. what does it do$

What would you put in the blank space to complete this metaphor?
1. The __________ is a red-eyed monster, immo ile and metalli!, refereein" the traffi! while remainin" #ndist#r ed.

2. __________is a purple pumpkin, Laced with a silver web. And the moon a olden spider, !anderin throu h the strands.
"ave you written any poem using simile or do your have a favourite metaphor, please feel free to share or write it on the comment box.