The Implied Simile
...I ought to add that a simile is sometimes merely suggested or implied; as in these lines from Wordsworth:
What is friendship?—do not trust her,
Nor the vows which she has made;
Diamonds dart their brightest lustre
From a palsy-shaken head.
From Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Characters, Volume I. Henry Norman Hudson, New York: Ginn and Co., 1872
In today's music:
The latest technique of rappers is the use of implied similes. Here is the way you can create your own.
1. Create a simile. A statement comparing two ideas similar to each other with the use of words "like" or "as."
2. Remove "like" or "as" from the simile.
3. Give a detail that conveys the idea more directly.
"I got you begging like a dog." This is a normal simile.
"I got you begging, come here Lassie." This is an implied simile. The listener has to put the "like" in order to make the connection between the ideas. And "Lassie" is a more detailed image of dog than just saying dog.
From The Emcee Mind