Technically not a Trope as the words therein are not turned to an alternate meaning.  The Simile compares things via “like” or “as”, these things usually being of a different class.  The resemblance to metaphor helps us to understand that one concept is being superimposed on another.


  • “I drove my weight on it from above and bored it home like a shipwright bores his beam with a shipwright’s drill that men below, whipping the strap back and forth, whirl and the drill keeps twisting, never stopping –So we seized our stake with it fiery tip and bored it round and round in the giant’s eye.”
  • “It’s crackling roots blazed and hissed – as a blacksmith plunges a glowing ax or adze in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam and its temper hardens – that’s the iron’s strength – so the eye of Cyclops sizzled round that stake.”