A simile is the indirect comparison of two dissimilar things using the words “like” or “as” to make an important connection between them. It says one thing 'is like' another. Examples include: “as old as the hills” and “as wise as an owl.” A metaphor is a direct comparison of two unlike things saying one thing 'is' another. Examples include: “No man is an island” (John Donne) and “Life is a beach”.
Updated on Thursday, February 02 2012 at 12:01PM EST