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There can be a numerous amount of reasons that an author decides to write a particular work However the common goal of all authors is to catch the attention of the reader and eventually make an impression of some sort on the reader There are many different approaches that the author may take in order to achieve this common goal One approach that can be used is the particular style of writing that the author chooses In the epic poem by Homer called the Iliad Homers formula to gain the attention of the reader employs the continual use of similes and metaphors Being that the Iliad is an epic poem it communicates to the reader the thoughts and messages that Homer wishes to convey It is important for the reader to understand the style of writing that Homer uses in order to fully grasp the message of the work The readers understanding is magnified if the reader clearly understands the techniques and devices used to write this particular work One of the simplest most practical tools used in poetry is the use of comparison Ordinary speech is enhanced by the use of these comparisons There are two ways in which an author can compare two things One is the use of simile which is a comparison of two unlike things using the words as or like An example of a simile in poetry is the line I wandered lonely as a cloud from William Wordsworths famous poem Other examples of similes are fresh as a daisy flat as a pancake and beautiful like an angel The other type of comparison is the metaphor in which a comparison is made directly without the words as or like In other words a metaphor is a condensed simile establishing an immediate relationship between two things An example of a metaphor is the phrase drowning in sorrowIn the Iliad Homer extensively uses the device of simile in portraying many
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