A simile is an easy way to compare two things without a lot of explanation, perfect for the spare language of a poem. You’ll recognize examples of simile poems because they will include comparisons using the words "like" or "as." As long as the comparison is one thing to another, whether or not the two are alike, you can consider it a simile.
Are you ready to get comparative and have some fun? Let’s take a look at a variety of examples of simile poems and see if they’ll inspire you to create some of your finest work yet.
Here is an example of a simile poem “Your Teeth” by Denise Rogers:
“Your teeth are like stars;
They come out at night.
They come back at dawn
When they’re ready to bite.”
Simile poems can be about any topic or emotion, and be silly or serious. Here’s Denise Rogers again with “Your Feet.” This time, she’s having a little bit of fun.
“Your feet smell so bad
Just like limburger cheese
That I’m holding my nose tight
Between my two knees.”
Simile poems aren’t just about emotions. For example, an unknown author wrote this devotional simile poem to chocolate cake:
“Friends are like chocolate cake
You can never have too many.
Chocolate cake is like heaven -
Always amazing you with each taste or feeling.
Chocolate cake is like life with so many different pieces.
Chocolate cake is like happiness, you can never get enough of it.”
A simile poem, or in this case, a classic nursery rhyme, that everyone may know is Twinkle Twinkle:
“Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.”
In “A Lady” Amy Lowell brings the description of a woman to life with similes:
“You are beautiful and faded
Like an old opera tune
Played upon a harpsichord;
Or like the sun-flooded silks
Of an eighteenth-century boudoir.”
Robert Burns used similes to describe love beautifully in “A Red, Red Rose:”
“O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.”
“Simile” by N. Scott Momaday is one of the few poems where the entire poem is a simile, here comparing people to deer:
“What did we say to each other
that now we are as the deer
who walk in single file
with heads high
with ears forward
with eyes watchful
with hooves always placed on firm ground
in whose limbs there is latent flight”
“The Base Stealer” by Robert Francis is also chock full of similes:
“Poised between going on and back, pulled
Both ways taut like a tightrope-walker,
Fingertips pointing the opposites,
Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball
Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on,
Running a scattering of steps sidewise,
How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,
Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,
He's only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,
Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate—now!”
Poems depict all emotions. You can feel the fear and confusion in these lines from the simile poem “Greater Than That” by Joyce Garacci:
“Like a bruised, little bird
Too confused to fly,
I’m trapped, in a word,
So confined am I.
A captive, collared lion
Alone in its pen,
I’m pacin’ and dyin’
In a manmade den.
For an eagle was not meant
To be locked in a cage,
Its life to be spent
Like a picture on a page.”
The beauty of poetry is that it offers endless ways to convey meaning to the world. Examples of simile poems will use “like” or “as” to make comparisons between two or more things. Being able to use similes in your poem will help clearly convey your message.
Don’t forget, there are many other types of poetry examples: you’ve got free verse poems, ballad poems, and even long epic poems. Which one will ensconce your words as you prepare to share your thoughts with the world?