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Examples of Simile

This page contains examples of Simile.

Definition of Simile: A figure of speech in which two seemingly different things are compared with one another using the words "like" or "as".

Common Simile Examples

  • • He was busy as a bee!
  • • The baby was cute as a button.
  • • Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
  • • The car was clean as a whistle.

Examples of Simile in Poetry

"Love, free as air, at sight of human ties,
Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies"
Alexander Pope, Eloisa To Abelard

"Tossed up like flotsam from a former passion,
How cool they lie. They hardly ever touch,
Or if they do it is like a confession
Of having little feeling, or too much."
Elizabeth Jennings, One Flesh

"Out of the noise of tired people working,
Harried with thoughts of war and lists of dead,
His beauty met me like a fresh wind blowing,
Clean boyish beauty and high-held head."
Sara Teasdale, A Boy

"The night is past, is past and gone,
The moon sinks to the West,
The sea-heart beats opprest,
And Sina’s passionate breast
Heaves like the sea, when the pale moon has gone,
Heaves like the passionate sea
, Sina, left by the moon alone!"
Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke, The Song of Tigilau

"Where a placid, thirst-provoking lake
Clear in the flashing sunlight lies
But the stockman knows
No water flows
Where the shifting mirage comes and goes
Like a spectral paradise
Barcroft Boake, From the Far West