I am writing a short story in which I have hitherto exploited several literary techniques to portray a bright and beautiful sun in the paleness of a blue sky. To retract from employing the same techniques exhaustively, I have tried to describe the sun as a "smiling" one in the endeavour to portray its beauty and brightness and the general positive atmosphere of the setting. I was wondering if such a description makes sense.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a writing advice request. – MetaEd Oct 15 '15 at 17:34
  • The poster was asking if this usage makes sense... Seems on-topic to me. – GoldenGremlin Oct 15 '15 at 17:57
  • @MετάEd Not really, I merely asked whether it makes sense to speak of a "smiling sun", not whether I should consult other techniques or alter anything. In other words, I did not request for any recommendations whatsoever, however, I do concede in requesting for an objective (in regards to my word-choice) "Yes" or "No" answer which cannot be classified as an "advice request". – user142917 Oct 15 '15 at 17:58
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    "Smiling" with reference to the sun is a metaphor, yes. Whether it makes sense or not depends on the particular application and the rest of the context. – JEL Oct 15 '15 at 18:03

Yes, sounds fine.

This metaphor has certainly been used before. This site can show you where the phrase "smiling sun" occurs in some books.

  • Thanks, I tried "googling" the word but I could not find any references from any books whatsoever, I think it's because I didn't click on the book section. – user142917 Oct 15 '15 at 17:32

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