As part of their Literature component, Year 7 have been learning about literary devices such as similes and metaphors.
Though similar they are different; a simile uses like or as to draw a comparison, while metaphors describe someone or something directly. For example:
“You are a pig” is a metaphor, while “You eat like a pig” is a simile.
Here is a simile from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
His face was almost completely hidden by a long, shaggy mane of hair and a wild, tangled beard, but you could make out his eyes, glinting like black beetles under all the hair.
And here is a metaphor from Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
As a project, students created their own posters of similes and metaphors to display in their classroom.
So, appropriately, let us leave you with a metaphor.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.