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channing97 | Valedictorian

Posted December 21, 2011 at 9:44 PM via web

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I need to make up a poem about Arnold in The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian.  Can you please start me off and include metaphors and similes?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:48 AM (Answer #1)

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In order to write poems using similes and metaphors, one must understand what a simile and a metaphor is.

A metaphor is a comparison made between two (typically) unlike things. An example of a metaphor is: "My life is a highway." The direct comparison made is that the speaker's life is a highway.

A simile is a comparison made between tow things, but the comparison uses "like" or "as." To change the above example into a simile, one must only insert "like": My life is like a highway.

In order to write a poem about Arnold (from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), be sure to include elements of his culture and heritage (given the book is about Native American Indian life).

An example of a poem beginning would be:

Arnold, brought down by water,

Sliced open like a fresh rabbit after the kill, (simile use)

Running fast, to get away,

Find his identity.

Arnold is a bear, a lion, a ... (metaphor use)

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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