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Simile Examples In Poetry

Updated on April 1, 2018
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

Simile Examples in Poetry

The use of simile in sentences are quite profound. Many writers have used these simile grammar to bring out expressive ways of comparison. But what is even more extraordinary is the magnificent way in which many poets have been using similes in poems. A poet is like a fountain flowing with similes as he/she compares and contrast what even the naked eyes are not able to see. Here are two poems which I have constructed to help you to understand some simile examples in Poetry.

The Words Which Makes a Simile

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Simile Example in Poetry
Simile Example in Poetry

Poem 1 - Beauty is in The Eyes of the Beholder

Her beauty was as blinding as the lights from heaven

She was like an angel lost on Earth

No one really knew her destiny

But her heart was as pure as a new born at birth

She walked by and heads turned like a like cogs in a clock

She looked magnificent in everyway

The epiphany of elegance, love was what she was made of

Easily swaying my heart her way

Madam, mademoiselle, Senorita, How will I address her?

I fear being rejected like a stray Pup

I stutter, I baffle, and like opening my eyes under water, the lines seem blur

But all I want to do is give her my love

A quick gulp and fear is swallowed like a sinking ship in the ocean

I move to her quickly, eyes piercing mouth opened like a pelican

But as she turned around, looking as gentle as a swan gliding on the moonlight

I froze like a frightened statue

I gazed into her perfect eyes as they shimmered like diamonds in the firmament

Then she said hello, as soft as the wool on a baby sheep

I was mesmerized, as my life meta-morphed like a caterpillar in a cocoon.

Analysis of Simile Examples in the above Poem.

The Poet uses various similes to make sentences in this poem. The poem however does not use solely the traditional similes that many may know such as, "As slippery as an eel" or "As cunning as a fox." The use of simile in this poem begins in line one when the author writes, "Her beauty was as blinding as the lights from heaven." If you look up a list of simile sentences, you will not find this simile being traditionally used. The use of similes in poetry takes observation and understanding of objects and their characteristics to create a flowing cohesion.

Simile Examples in Poetry
Simile Examples in Poetry

Poem 2 - The Rabbit and The Hare

"I am as fast as a jet in the sky". Boasted the Hare

"I am as fast as lightening flashing by". Boasted the Rabbit

"I bet if we raced I would leave you in my dust like an overworked maid." Said the Hare

"And I bet if I accepted that challenge, like a timid little mouse you would be very afraid." Said the Rabbit.

Their arguments gathered other forest animals which came to look

Even the swiping fox came out as sneakily as a crook.

Mr and Mrs Porcupine came out as prickly as themselves

While songbirds rattled and chattered like empty bottles on shelves

The race was set, it was an event to see

Hare vs Rabbit matching speed

Off they went like a bullet from a blazing gun

Dashing through the forest like a wild gazelle on the run

With the wind hounding behind them like a ravishing tornado

approaching the finish line burning up the earth like a catastrophic volcano

Leaves ripped from trees and burrows rumbling like an earthquake

As Hare and Rabbit crossed the finish line thunderous making ears ache

It was a tie, both Hare and Rabbit matched speed

Now the forest was calm and quiet again, whispering like the evening breeze

Analysis of Similes Used in Poem 2

A funny kids poem created using an abundance of similes. The use of some witty similes are used to glue this poem to make it interesting to read from the beginning to the end. Similes are quite fun to write and to read. They encourage imagination and make the poem quite filled with enthusiastic comparisons. You can create your own similes just by looking at everyday things around you and and understanding the traits of that object and then use that to formulate beautiful simile sentences in your poem.

© 2018 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Yes ruby..remember, you are as gentle as a dove.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Poetry is so much fun to write! I guess we all use similes in one form, not realizing what they are. Great fun your poetry!

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Same to you Eric. Thanks

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Happy Easter Billy

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy happies to you and yours. This is another great one on similes which looks a lot like smile to me.

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've got just enough time this morning to say Happy Easter...soooo....HAPPY EASTER!


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