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Similes in Literature: Usage, Examples & Importance

Grade 5
Aug 7, 2023


  • A simile is a literary device used to describe something by comparing it to another.
  • It is usually marked by the usage of the words ‘like’ and ‘as.’
  • It could be a comparison between two like things or two unlike things.


  • Life is like a box of chocolates.
  • My love is like a red rose.
  • She sang like an angel.
  • He is as fast as a snail.

Importance of Similes

  • Help the audience visualize the text in mind.
  • It makes the text more vivid and imaginative.
  • Helps the audience understand the text easily.

Examples in Literature

True Friend

By Ashley Campbell

A friend is like a star that twinkles and glows

Or maybe like the ocean that gently flows.

A friend is like gold that you should treasure


And take care of it forever and ever.


By William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud

that floats on high o’er vales and hills.

Simile Vs. Metaphor

Simile Vs. Metaphor


Simile Vs. Metaphor

Simile and Hyperbole.

  • Similes often use hyperbole or exaggeration.
  • They are never over-the-top exaggerations.
  • Example: He was as fast as lightning.


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