Simile

Definition of Simile:
A comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as".



Example of Simile #1:

From:
Bless God, He Went As Soldiers, By Emily Elizabeth Dickinson


Bless God, he went as soldiers,
His musket on his breast;
Grant, God, he charge the bravest
Of all the martial blest.



Example of Simile #2:

From:
As A Strong Bird On Pinions Free, By Walt Whitman

Beautiful World of new, superber Birth, that rises to my eyes,
Like a limitless golden cloud, filling the western sky;
Emblem of general Maternity, lifted above all;
Sacred shape of the bearer of daughters and sons;




Simile Example



Simile poetry:
  • Definition of simile
  • Examples of simile
  • Examples of authors using simile
  • Explanation of how simile is used


Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like simile helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of simile, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here.





Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like simile.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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Simile Poem


See also:    Metaphor