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Are you looking to impress the IGCSE examiners with your descriptive & creative writing?

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž Frequently, we seek to explain the unknown with the known. Constantly, we are meeting new people, developing new ideas. We use language creatively to describe what we experience, see and feel.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž A simile is a figure of speech involving a comparison between two entities. Usually a simile announces itself with words such as โ€œlikeโ€ or โ€œasโ€.

๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž Many ancient similes originated from the natural world and the surrounding environment: โ€œ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘–๐‘”โ€ โ€œ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘› ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿโ€ However, as language evolves, the origins and consequently the power of some similes is lost: โ€œ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™โ€

๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ Great writers have an ability to create original similes that place powerful images in the readerโ€™s mind. The three opening lines of TS Eliotโ€™s poem โ€œThe Love Song of J Alfred Prufrockโ€ begin with a simile that continues to shock over a century after it was written: โ€œ๐ฟ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘›, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ผ, ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘ฆ ๐ฟ๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘Ž ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘™๐‘’โ€

๐”๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ Using an original and striking simile in a piece of creative or descriptive writing will impress examiners. A powerful simile in the opening paragraph alerts examiners to the fact that they are marking the work of a candidate who can effectively adapt language to their purpose.

๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž & ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ๐†๐‚๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ / ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ-๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐.

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