Simile is a common type of figurative language. When I first was teaching high school English, a student told me he had been using similes all his life. He told me he just didn't realize it until he took English in high school and read a poem by an author named William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was so good at using similes that he had to be deliberately trying to do so.
But there's a big difference between using similes deliberately, and simply using a lot of figurative language. I had a student who used similes all the time in her writing. She thought and wrote the kind of writing where a lot of figurative language was an expected part of good writing. It just seemed to be that way for her.
She didn't realize that similes are not a normal part of good writing. I tried to help her find ways to use similes without using similes in the way she did. We talked about situational figurative language; that is, language about a thing in a particular situation. We talked about how, for example, writers make use of the word "like" in ways that compare something to something else.
For another example, we talked about how one statement can be followed by a "but," which shows that the "but" is following in comparison to the first statement. She agreed that this is a good way to use a "but." She just didn't know why it was so good.
All these activities, though, are part of all writing, no matter what the topic is, no matter what the genre. Something amazing happens when a person puts one or more of these ideas together with a good amount of time and effort. The person that is able to do this, is able to use a lot of figurative language in what he or she is doing. That is, the figurative language is an important part of a writer's style.
Now that you know the difference between a simile and a figurative comparison of other types, use that knowledge to help you figure out what Poe is writing about in "Annabel Lee." Which words in the poem do he use as similes? d2c66b5586