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A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things.  Similes use the words “like” or “as” to make this comparison.  The simile can show something new about one ore more of the elements being compared.

Simile in general: "Her eyes were as bright as the sun." Here we are comparing “her eyes” to the “sun”.  We also used the word “as” as our comparison word. 

Simile in popular culture: In the film, Annie Hall, the main character Alvy Singer says, “A relationship is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” In this simile, we are comparing relationships to sharks using the word “like”.  By comparing a relationship to the physical aspects of a shark, we learn that relationships are at risk of dying without forward movement.

Simile in literature: In Robert Burns’ poem, “A Red, Red Rose”, he writes:

O MY Luve 's like a red, red rose 

  That 's newly sprung in June:

O my Luve 's like the melodie 

  That's sweetly play'd in tune!

Here, the simile compares the speaker’s love to a rose to show how new and beautiful she is.  He then compares her to a melody to highlight how sweet she is.  Here, Burns uses the comparison word “like”.