What is the difference between a metaphor, personification and a simile?

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Apr 11, 2018

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A metaphor- Saying something IS something else, for example:
He drowned in a sea of grief. (there is no such thing as a ‘sea of grief’, there is just grief)

Personification- Giving an inanimate object human-like qualities, for example:
The finger of death. (Death doesn’t actually have a finger)

Simile- Saying something is AS of LIKE something else, for example:
He ran like a cheetah chasing prey.
He ran as fast as a cheetah chasing prey.

Credit to http://examples.yourdictionary.com/metaphor-examples.html for the first example!