Good Poems: “Poet Warning,” by Jim Harrison

The best poems often involve compression. They create their emotional response with as few words as possible.  The poem "Poet Warning," written by Jim Harrison, is one of them: Poet Warning He went to sea in a thimble of poetry without sail or oars or anchor. What chance do I have, he thought? Hundreds of … Continue reading Good Poems: “Poet Warning,” by Jim Harrison

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A useful difference between simile and metaphor

We've all heard it many times before--similes compare two things through the use of "like" or "as," while metaphors identify one thing as another.  Consider these two examples: My love is like an open sky (simile). My love is an open sky (metaphor). Admittedly, these examples are trite, sentimental, and wouldn't stand a chance of … Continue reading A useful difference between simile and metaphor