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A simile is an easy way to compare two things, so examples of simile poems include any poem that makes comparisons using the words "like," "as," or "than." As long as you compare one thing to another, whether or not the two things you are comparing are actually alike or not, you can consider it a simile poem.
Simile Poems by Denise Rogers
Here is an example of a simile poem written 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 anything, from love to hate. For instance, here is an example of a silly simile poem by Denise Rodgers:
“Your feet smell so bad
Just like limburger cheese
That I’m holding my nose tight
Between my two knees.”
Simile Poem by an Unknown Author
Simile poems are not just about emotions either. For example, an unknown author wrote this devotional simile 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.”
What Is a Simile?
A simile is defined as a figure of speech comparing two unlike things. Similes often have the words “like”, “as”, or “than.”
A simile is a lot like a metaphor, since they are both forms of comparison, but a simile allows the two ideas to remain distinct, while a metaphor suggests that one thing is the other.
An example of a simile: "Chris was a record-setting runner and as fast as a speeding bullet."
An example of a metaphor: "When Chris ran, he was a speeding bullet racing along the track."
In the former, Chris was just a runner, but in the later, he was a speeding bullet.
A simile poem uses this concept, making comparisons between two things; but, it does so in poetry form.
Famous Simile Poems
A simile poem 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.”
Even great writers such as Shakespeare have used similes and examples of simile poems can be found among their work. For example, in his famous literary work, Romeo and Juliet in act 4 of the play, Capulet says “Death lies on her like an untimely frost.”
Robert Burns too used similes. For example:
“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.”
Similes can depict many emotions and love is one of the most common. As there is love, there is also hate, Poems must depict all emotions. Here is a poem called Greater Than That,
“Peering through the drape
Of my synthetic cell,
How I long to escape
This manufactured hell.
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.
And when a mighty lion,
In truth, is but a cat,
It will spend its time tryin’
To be greater than that.”
Where Can I Find Simile Poems?
If you are looking for more examples of simile poems, you can do an Internet search for similes or check your local library for poetry books. There are numerous examples everywhere, so just look for poems that make comparisons using those three magic words: like, as or than
Bio-poems are a wonderful introductory tool and discussion prompt for inspiring reading and writing comprehension. It is also a great ice breaker for pending activities. It is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways.
Here is a sample template for a bio-poem;
Your first name (or that of your subject),
Who is...(three adjectives)
Sibling of...Who loves...(three ideas or people)
Who fears...(three ideas )
Who needs...(three ideas)
Who feels...(three ideas)
Who would like to see...
you can also customize your template by adding a simile and/or metaphor line such as;
Name is like a...(simile)
Name is a ...(metaphor)
Students can apply a bio-poem to any of the characters in a story. This will promote a deeper understanding and develop characterization skills.
Students can use the bio-poem technique as a pre-writing skill when developing a biography or autobiography.
A bio-poem can be used to compare and contrast between the antagonist and protagonist in a narrative.
A bio-poem can be a fun challenge when applied to non human characters that have been personified in a narrative. (consider applying to the understanding of figurative language and personification i.e. poems on nature, objects, or love)
Bio-poem Extension Activities
Connecting with a character can be a challenge for visual and kinesthetic learners.
You can expand on this activity by adding a graphic organizer of a character.
Decorate the character with swatches of clothes and with cartoon bubbles containing comments the character would say.
Do this for each character from a narrative. Create a booklet and add the character figures and bio-poems. Have them design a new book-cover and a summary of the narrative for the back cover.
These activities can be customized for a variety of age groups. Have fun and get creative. The whole idea is to have the students understand characterization. The additional activities such as the back cover summary above will allow you to explore and evaluate plot.
Additional activities and ideas for using the bio-poem
Once the poem is done DON'T stop there! You can expand on this in a variety of ways.
From autobiography to biography - Have students exchange bio-poems and have them write a short biography or poem based on their friend's paper.
Build a character wall of the various characters in a novel you are reading or writing about.
Create a windsock with the characters for your classroom as a visual cue for you and your students. You can refer to it during discussions and lessons.
Technology can also be used! Have students create a single slide on Power Point of their respective bio-poem. Let the students add related graphics to it. Create a new Power Point presentation with everyone's slide and show it to the class. You can also convert the slides to a movie and show it to them at the end of the year. Upload it to your class page or blog.
Scan the web for samples of bio-poems and ideas. Templates can vary. Be creative and customize for your specific needs.