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Simile

The word "simile" came from the Latin word "simils" means "like". This, simile is used as a literary term to establish likeness between two opposite things. It is also called explicit comparison. Generally, the word "like" or "as" is used to expose similarity between to dissimilar things. For example, Seamus Henry's poem, in the "Follower" he says "My father worked with a horse-plough, His shoulders globed like a full sail stung Between the shafts and the forrow. Here the speaker compared his farmer father's shoulders with a Ship when it is round and forrow because of full length of wind. By this comparison, the speaker made it clear to the readers. The very picture of a full length ship and the moving shoulders of a farmer are automatically floating in the eyes of the readers when they are reading.

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