Simile 3

Jane Odchowen

Mine is a book-length  collection of poems by Stephen Collis which tackles about the coal mining industry together with the miners struggles. A reader who belongs to such world might find it more emotional from the pictures Collis try to portray.  Collis uses different   literary devices to bring up the strong images and connections of the miners and the tunnel they are working on.

He uses simile in some of his poems to illustrate of his ideas.  A simile is a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another, in such a way as to clarify and enhance an image. It is an explicit comparison (as opposed to the metaphor, q.v, where the comparison is implicit).  It is equally common in prose and verse and is a figurative device of great antiquity.

Collis makes a strong connection with his ideas by making a link from his word to a certain object.  When he writes “The daylight/fell like a stone into a well” (83), it gives a sense of idea how dark and deep and dangerous a tunnel as to a well which is deep, dark and sometimes gives someone a goose bump when you just try and sneak your head over. The daylight represents an accident close to something bright, referring to an explosive that goes wrong. That is like a stone thrown into a well, which causes a disturbance to the water producing a loud sound of splash.

“The night             like a shroud/the ashen sky” (Collis 85), another line of simile in one of the poems. The night is directly associated with a shroud both serving the same purpose. A shroud  covers or protects something. It is directly connected to the night, because Collis pictures the night to cover the mine where the disaster happens, in such a way that no one can see it until the rising of the sun. The association of the two objects adds more feelings to the scene. It is the feeling of grief and pity that arouses when you come to imagine what is being pictured.

Works Cited

Collis, Stephen. Mine. Vancouver: New Star, 2001. Print.

“Simile.” The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory. London: Penguin, 1999. Print.


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