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Information Station Other Poetry Terms Simile


What is a Simile?

A Simile is the figure of speech that compares two things by using the words like or as something else.

Examples of Similes:

White as a ghost.

Swims like a fish.

Runs like a cheetah.

Slippery as an eel.

A simile can be as descriptive as the writer chooses.

Examples of more descriptive Similes:

He was as brave as a lion in a fight.

He was as angry as a bull at a red flag.

He swam like a fish through rough waters.

Similes are used in poetry to create different effects; to create an image of comparison in the reader's mind of what the writer is describing.

 Why don't you try writing a poem using similes and enter one of our Poetry Competitions.