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Examples of Similes From The Odyssey
Homeric Similes, also known as Epic Similes, are elaborate comparisons between two different objects using like or as. We often use short similes in every day speech, like the example, “She’s tough as nails.” In fact, we use them so often that they can become idioms. A Homeric Simile, however, is used to redirect the reader’s attention in unexpected, humorous, gruesome or heroic ways. And they’re also a lot longer. Here are some Homeric Similes examples from one of Homer’s best known works: The Odyssey.
- “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.”
- “Her mind in torment, wheeling like some lion at bay, dreading the gangs of hunters closing their cunning ring around him for the finish.”
If you’d like to look for more examples, they’re everywhere throughout The Odyssey. You can find the full text of The Odyssey here, or check out some more specific homeric simile examples. And if you’d like to review the story a little more quickly, watch our free Odyssey rap video!
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