Literary Terms. By Carol Spring. Simile. A simile compares two unlike objects using the words “like” or “as” in the comparison. Example: “On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones” (Steinbeck 2).
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By Carol Spring
Way in the past
the miners mined for ore.
They searched for copper, iron and salt,
for that and much, much more.”
This poem demonstrates words that sound like their meanings, such as ka-blast, which sounds like an explosion.
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire” (Frost Poems).
This poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost demonstrates imagery with the many senses used, such as touch and taste. Also, the use of strong visual ideas such as the world’s end, either in fire or ice, add to the imagery.
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.”
In the poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur, the author’s overall feeling is of hope and determination.
The little man jerked down the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lennie. “So you forgot awready, did you? I gotta tell you again?”
“I forgot,” Lennie said softly. “I tried not to forget. Honest to God I did, George” (Steinbeck 4).
it learned to breathe fresh air” (Shakur).
This excerpt from Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” demonstrates the theme of overcoming obstacles, using the concrete as a symbol of life’s difficulties and the rose as a symbol of one’s dreams.