On the Subject of Similes vs. Metaphors: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 26


Advice to a Poetry Critic

Each poet worth her salt adores
well-appointed metaphors,
but when they step up to the mike,
similes they only like.
Before you discuss simile
consult an expert vis a vis
the difference between the two
so you will never have to rue
mislabeling your imagery.
Hyperbole is not allusion,
so don’t add to the confusion.
Synecdoche to oxymoron––
as you choose what to write more on––
get their names right for your reader.
There’s more to poems than rhyme and meter!

This is a rerun from a few year ago, but couldn’t resist using it for NaPoWriMo.

6 thoughts on “On the Subject of Similes vs. Metaphors: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 26

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    According to someone (not me), “one point to remember is that metaphors and similes are figures of speech, while an analogy is a type of argument. A metaphor is something, a simile is like something, and an analogy explains how one thing being like another helps explain them both.”

    I had to look up Synecdoche.

    Will I remember any of this tomorrow or even an hour from now? I wouldn’t bet on it.

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  2. Xan

    I have a friend who wrote his dissertation on the use of metaphor, simile, and synedoche in art, and he nails me every time I use one of them wrong lol. I’m sending him this link!



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