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A metaphor and a similie - what is the actual difference?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by kym131218, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. kym131218

    kym131218 New commenter

    How do you explain the difference between a metaphor and a similie to children?

    I am confused. I need to simple definitions to distinguish the difference between the 2. Anyone got any good ones?
    Please, please, please?
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    A simile directly compares two things using as or like As cold as ice.
    A metaphor implies comparison The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.
  4. A simile says something is LIKE something else, a metaphor says something IS something else.
  5. That was what I thought too.

    The rain was ice - metaphor.
    The rain was as cold as ice - simile.

  6. I agree with the above to distinguish the use of "metaphor" and simile", but I have a nagging feeling that metaphor can be a more generic term also to compare through an analogy of similarity, I think it can be said similes are a specific type of metaphor too. Metaphorical language can more generally draw on all the various devices.

    Yes, just checked out this in Wikipedia:


    Me too, with primary kids, I distinguish the terms as previous posts suggest.
  7. I'm not teaching full time now, if I were I'd love to extract some ideas (KS2) for Speaking and Listening from this article, which I came across whilst researching following from this thread:

  8. T34

    T34 Lead commenter

    "The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas."
    "My love is like a red, red rose, that's newly spring in June."

  9. I use the 'like' or 'is' definitions too, but also teach (and was taught during A Level Eng Lit) that a simile is one type of metaphor, while 'metaphor' is a generic term for comparative imagery.

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