The simile is a literary figure that allows to establish differences, comparison and similarities between two elements, whether they are objects, people, animals, thoughts, ideas or emotions. A characteristic of this literary device is that in the statement the participating elements are named, which differentiates it from the metaphor.
An example of a simile is the following: “His skin was as white as snow.” As shown in the sentence, the simile is formed by links that allow making comparisons or similarities, these can be “like”, “which”, “similar to”, “same as” or “so”.
The main purpose of the simile is to give the text or statement a different point of view, which in turn gives it simplicity and gives it a certain aesthetic character. This literary device is commonly used by poets, singers and writers to transfer a quality from one object to another that may not be manifested in an obvious way.
Examples of simile in sentences
– His lips were red like burning fire.
– The soldiers remained motionless like statues.
– Teachers teach as well as parents.
– Manuelito swims like a fish in the ocean.
– The party was as boring as a summer without sun .
– Maria’s hair is blond like gold.
– The neighbor apologized and was meek as a lamb.
– Think like a genius and you will do great things.
– Daniela was as euphoric as a rock band.
– I feel sad like a winter day.
– Luis spent the day singing like a happy little bird.
– Their love relationship was like a roller coaster.
– His eyes shine like two stars.
– The street was pitch dark.
– The thief is dangerous like a tornado.
– Daniel eats like a new lime.
– It vanished like soap bubbles.
– The children stood still like statues.
– His hands were shaking like jelly.
– Baby’s skin is soft like velvet.
– Love is sometimes sweet like honey and bitter like gall.
– The mattress on my bed is already rock hard.
– Miguel left the shoes as shiny as mirrors.
– Daniel acted as cold as a freezer.
– His hair was as black as jet.
– His black clothes made him look like a bat.
– His tongue was as sharp as a sword.
– From the shock he turned white as a wall.
– He’s as crazy as a goat.
– The cave was darker than a wolf’s mouth.
– The streets of the city twisted like a maze.
– I have hair like a lion’s mane.
– The athlete was as fast as a gazelle.
– The singer’s voice was sweet as honey.
– The clouds looked as soft as cotton.
– His teeth were white as pearls.
– He is so kind that he looks like an angel fallen from heaven.
– This door is hard as stone.
– It’s as slow as a turtle.
– That boy is as tall as a tower.
Examples of simile in poems
Lover grateful to the lying flattery of a dream by Francisco de Quevedo
“… My flames with your snow, and with your yelo,
which usually opposite arrows from his quiver,
I mixed love and honestly mixed them,
with my admiration in his wakefulness… ”.
Triumph of love by Vicente Aleixandre
“The moon shines in the autumn wind,
In the sky looking like long-suffered pain
But it will not be, no, the poet who says
the hidden mobiles, indecipherable sign
of a liquid sky of burning fire that will flood the souls,
if souls knew their destiny on earth.
The moon like a hand
deals with the injustice that beauty uses …
When a body worshiped;
standing tall in his nude, shines like stone,
like the hard stone that kisses ignite …
But the breeze of an air that runs through my body
like an echo of spiky reeds singing
against the living waters, blue with kisses.
… everything lives, survives, survives and ascends
like a glowing ember of desire in the skies.
… It is the water that kisses some adored feet,
like a hidden mystery to the defeated night… ”.
Nude of Pablo Neruda
“Naked you are as simple as one of your hands:
smooth, earthy, minimal, round, transparent.
You have moon lines, apple roads.
Naked you are thin as naked wheat …
… Naked you are small as one of your nails:
curved, subtle, pink until the day is born
and you get into the underground of the world
as in a long tunnel of suits and work:
your clarity fades, dresses, leaves
and again it is a bare hand ”.
Examples of simile in songs
On the edge of the fireplace by Joaquín Sabina
“I can get cheesy and say
that your lips taste the same to me
than the lips that I kiss in my dreams… ”.
I want to give you a Prince Royce kiss
“Loving you as I do is very complicated.
To think how I think of you in a sin.
Staring the way I stare at you is forbidden.
Touch you like I want is a crime.
My pretty girl from Chino and Nacho
“… This love that rises like foam
that when I take you by the hand through the park
road in the clouds
It seems incredible that I no longer remember anything
when I was only
nothing can be compared
with something so special… ”.
Examples of simile in stories
In this town there are no thieves by Gabriel García Márquez
– “… For a quarter of an hour, the blocked crowd in the solar observed a respectful behavior , as if there were a dead man behind the violated door …”.
– “… It was something so difficult but as momentary as condolences …”.
Cleopatra by Mario Benedetti
– “My brothers had many friends, among them Dionisio and Juanjo, who were friendly and treated me with affection, as if I were a younger sister …”.
Mario Benedetti’s Hunch
– “Then the lady came, impressive. She smiled like a Virgin , but only like… ”.
“… Not so the daughter, Estercita, twenty-four years old, a little ocai and rumi who treated me like another piece of furniture and was very little in the house…”.
Examples of simile in literary works
Maria by Jorge Isaacs
– “… And his eyes were still moistened when he responded with a smile to my affectionate expression, like those of a child whose crying has silenced a maternal caress …”.
– “… I admired the underside of her arms, deliciously shaped, and her hands cared for like those of a queen …”.
– “… The abundant and half curly hair shaded her smooth forehead, usually serene as a porcelain face …”.
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
– “… Your lips were wet as if the dew had kissed them …”.
– “… On the other side the drops slipped in thick threads like tears …”.
– “… the hiss of the rain like a murmur of crickets …”.
Mrs. Bárbara de Rómulo Gallegos
– “… The carob tree of the passage vibrates like a melodious harp …”.
– “… White and beautiful as a heron …”.
– “… dressed in clean clothes and adorned with Sabaneras flowers, as for a party …”.
Being on the Threshold by Howard Phillip Lovecraft
«I trust that my readers will judge the elements that I will be relating, contrast them with the known evidence and come to wonder if someone could have had a different behavior from mine in the face of a horror like the one I should have experienced, before that being on the threshold «.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Lemony Snicket Beginning .
“The whole building was tilting slightly, like a crooked tooth .”