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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Edgar Allan Poe
 
  Bounded like a madman.  1
  Children are never too tender to be whipped; like tough beef-steaks, the more you beat them the more tender they become.  2
  Dark as the caves wherein earth’s thunders groan.  3
  Declined—like shadow in the dying of the day.  4
  Departed as a shadow.  5
  The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of its sorrow.  6
                Luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda.
  7
  Glide to and fro like ghosts of buried centuries.  8
  Glistened, like a globe of burnished gold.  9
  Holy as the watch of an invisible spirit.  10
  Increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier in courage.  11
  Lines as vivid and as durable as the exergues of the Carthaginian medals.  12
            A melancholy strain,
Like the low moaning of the distant sea.
  13
  Pure as the wishes breathed in prayer.  14
  Shook as the quivering plumes upon the hearse.  15
  Shook like a spied spy.  16
  Shriek … such as might have risen only out of hell.  17
  Sighed as if a deadly burthen had been taken from her breast.  18
  Swollen immensely, like that of a man who has been drowned and lain under water for many weeks.  19
  True as the Pentateuch.  20
  Various as the hues of a rainbow.  21
 
 
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