Similes can be used to make descriptions that are more emphatic or vivid. Read more about Similies with a few interesting examples in this article.

Simile Examples

When we describe certain things, we tend to use the expression “It was like” or “It was as”, so that we can convey our experiences and ideas more effectively to the listener. These comparisons also help the listener draw a picture in his mind. By using such comparisons we make our own way of expressing that much more dramatic, interesting and colorful. Simile is a figure of speech used mostly in poetry to draw parallels between two different entities, bodies, objects, individuals or concepts but possessing some similarity between them, even though far from alike. It can also be explained as two different things often compared in phrases by using ‘like’ or ‘as’. 

Simile is often used to capture the attention of the listener with a hint of exaggeration. The simile asks the listeners or readers to picture one thing as being similar to some other thing. It is unlike the metaphor, and poets have used it to add an evocative description to their writings. Similes used in literature may be direct and specific or at times more lengthy and complex. The epic simile, often called ‘The Homeric’ and used more in epic poetry, often extends to several lines.

 Examples Of Simile
Simile Using ‘As’
  • As agile as a monkey
  • As alike as two peas in a pod
  • As annoying as nails scratching against a chalkboard
  • As bald as a coot
  • As beautiful as nature
  • As bald as a baby's backside
  • As black as coal
  • As big as an elephant
  • As bright as the sun
  • As busy as a beaver
  • As clear as a bell
  • As cunning as a fox
  • As cool as a cucumber
  • As delicate as a flower
  • As fat as a hippo
  • As lowly as a worm
  • As hungry as a wolf
  • As sturdy as an oak
  • As slippery as an eel 
Simile Using ‘Like’
  • To get angry like a volcano
  • To drink like a fish
  • To sing like an angel
  • To fit like a glove
  • To run like a deer
  • To move like a snail
  • To eat like a pig
  • To chatter like a monkey
  • To sit there like a bump on a log
  • To fight like cats and dogs
  • To have eyes like a hawk
  • To stand out like a sore thumb 
Simile Examples In Poetry
An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.
A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds a fire.

- by Christina Rossetti.

This is a classic example of the use of similies in a poem called ‘Flint’ by well known 19th century poet Christina Rossetti. 
‘A Red, Red Rose’
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:
-   by Robert Burns
This is another classic example of the use of simile in ‘A Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns, who is a known poet from the 18th century.
Examples Of Simile From Literature
  • Guiltless forever, like a tree - Robert Browning
  • Death has many times invited me: it was like the salt invisible in the waves - Pablo Neruda
  • Dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh - Wilfred Owen
  • So are you to my thoughts as food to life - William Shakespeare
  • Yellow butterflies flickered along the shade like flecks of sun - William Faulkner
  • As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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