simile has definitions from the field of rhetoric
[ noun ] (rhetoric) a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as')

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(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)

Or , equally often , a concretistic seeming , particularistic seeming statement may consist , with its mundane exterior , in a form of poetry - may be full of meaning and emotion when interpreted as a figurative expression : a metaphor , a simile , an allegory , or some other symbolic mode of speaking .

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