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Metaphor assumes that the transference is possible or has already taken place where as simile proposes the transference and explains it by means of terms such as “like” or “as if”.  Simile involves a more visually inclined relationship between its elements than metaphor.  In fact, it is sometimes assumed that simile is metaphor’s poor relative, offering only the ‘bare bones’ of the transferring process in the form of a limited analogy or comparison, whose ‘range’ is narrow because it is pre-determined. The ‘controlled’ effects of simile can be greater but often it is a vague implication of a metaphor.

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