Simile : Simile A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using the words like or as.
Similes help to create a visual image for the reader.
“My love is like a red, red rose.”
– Robert Burns
Simile : Simile You will often find examples of similes in poetry.
Similes MUST use the comparison words “like” or “as.”
The two items being compared may not seem alike, but the simile allows you to see some way in which they are similar.
Simile : Simile Examples:
My love is like an ocean.
She is as blind as a bat.
He is as quiet as a mouse.
My dog is built like a tank.
John lay still as a stone.
The sky is as black as ink.
Simile : Simile Are the following sentences also similes?
Shawn ‘s smile sparkled like gems in the sun.
YES, this IS a simile.
My love is a stormy sea.
NO, this is NOT a simile – It is actually a metaphor!
Simile : Simile Your turn:
Can you think of a simile that would compare your teacher to something you have at home?
Can you think of a simile that would compare your math skills to something?
Can you think of other similes?