Metaphors, Similes, Analogies Are Not Ornaments
These are comparisons suggesting a likeness between two dissimilar things. Ie. "Cheeks like roses." They are only used as the best possible way to describe, so the reader can see, the power that you, the writer, see.

Couple of examples from current authors:

"Dave's voice was still calm, but Sam heard the terror this man had lived with for so long running just below the surface like a low-voltage electric current."

"It was a quarter past six, my stomach felt like an acid bath, and my head was throbbing like a swollen gum with an abscess in it."
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