Similes and Metaphor
by Vern Crisler
recommend Charles H. Spurgeon,
not only for his theological acumen and humor, but also because
one can learn so much about literary style from him. He is the
prince of metaphor and simile. For instance, his book, Sermons
In Candles, is a literary gem, as is his book, Lectures to
I've heard some professional writers warn against
using metaphors and similes in one's writing, but Spurgeon's view was
that metaphors and similes are like windows in a house. Open these
windows--i.e., stir in metaphors once in a while--and the light that
shines through them will illuminate the dark murkiness of your argument.
Close them--i.e., neglect your similes--and the house of your argument
will be seen only by those who don't mind tripping and stumbling into the
dim corners and shadowy recesses of your doctrine.
I personally stay away from metaphor and simile.
Metaphors and similes are like roses; they smell very sweet at times, but if you're not careful, they will scratch you as a cat. I have always known that to be true, and it's been etched into my memory like a brand on a cow.