"Love is the anchor of soul." Is it a simile or metaphor? Explain.

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This is a metaphor and not a simile.  The brief reason is because it does not contain the word "as" or the word "like."  If it were a simile, it would say "Love is like an anchor for the soul."

Both a metaphor and a simile compare one thing to another.  In this case, love is being compared to an anchor.  Presumably, love is supposed to keep a soul safe and make it stay in the right place just like an anchor does.  But a metaphor does this directly.  In this case, it says "love is."  If it were a simile, it would say "love is like."

So both figures of speech are doing more or less the same thing, but one does it directly (simile) and the other does it indirectly.