As warm as …

A surprising simile, something as ordinary and comforting as warm tea, here poured differently to describe a stream of blood. ...

Love and thought

This beautiful, measured poem by Michael Drayton (1563-1631), poet laureate, was written the night before he died, addressed to the woman he had...

Dark and small

What a powerful simile, conveying something inward-turning and dangerous through its vivid portrayal of cranial size as a small, corroded...

Life

But the novel improves immeasurably in the reading. ‘Her life at this time was a mere paragraph in a novel.’

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