As inert as …

As inert as …

Two fine similes to describe inertness, of which I lean to the first as being more euphonic and original. ‘… inert as an aardvark or a giant ant-eater…’ Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts: On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to...
Glowing like a comet

Glowing like a comet

Celebrity success à la 16th century – I only knew of Sidney as a poet and courtier but wasn’t aware of his star appeal on the international aristocratic circuit, appropriately conveyed as a glittering comet trail. ‘Sir Philip Sidney’s brief passage...
As voluminous as the Danube

As voluminous as the Danube

I like that Leigh Fermor draws his simile from the place where the lady lives. ‘Her soliloquy flowed on as voluminously as the Danube under her window.’ Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 176 Photo credit:...
As blue and as vague as …

As blue and as vague as …

A beautiful image, blueness and vagueness likened to ‘unmapped lakes’, and these, referring to eyes, being misted over with the (over) consumption of plum-brandy.  And those ‘tundra-blank’ faces! ‘Swamp-and-conifer men they looked, with...
Five for the price of one

Five for the price of one

Thoreau packs in a rich deck of similes and metaphors in this short description of the shrub oak.  For the image, I looked for something that conveyed ‘clean as the atmosphere’, but I also like ‘hardy as virtue’ and the idea of being as...
As moderate as …

As moderate as …

A measured, precise, unfussy speaker, this farmer.  I also liked the idea of his not melting the snow where he treads, as if he is himself made of this clean, cold, moderate element. ‘The farmer spoke to me, I can swear, clean, cold, moderate as the snow. He...
As insensible as …

As insensible as …

Of course, we can’t know (yet) how insensible a fungus is, but until we learn otherwise, what a memorable way to convey a loss of wonder.  Apologies to all wondering fungi. And may wonder never become extinct in you, whether or not you resemble fungus....
Contorted as …

Contorted as …

Never thought of caterpillars as contorted, but I like the simile.  Hope you do too, and the image I used. As contorted a caterpillar as I could find and what a lurid green! ‘… contorted like caterpillars.’  22 April 1855 Source: Henry David Thoreau,...
Power implied

Power implied

Something whistlingly clean about this; good writing hitting its target with speed and precision, and a latent force behind every sentence. ‘The art of composition is as simple as the discharge of a bullet from a rifle, and its masterpieces imply an infinitely...

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