6th Grade Reader's Workshop

A place for SMS 6th grade students to collaborate about reading!

Similes & Metaphors in Poetry


 Prompt #2 for the blogging week of 12/29/12 – 1/4/13


Some poets use simile or metaphor as one of the poetic writing tools (often called poetic devices) that help make the description unique. Below are some student’s poems that include similes and metaphors.  Read them! Then choose one, some or all of the bullet points to respond to in your comment:

  • Comment or make suggestions on the student poet’s use of simile or metaphor

  • Try writing one of your own poems using the poetic device of simile or metaphor.

  • Another way to show your classmates some figurative language used by authors is to write about some of the similes and metaphors you find in the book you are reading.

  • You could also find a poem online written by a famous poet that uses simile or metaphor (or another type of figurative language that we learned about in class!)


A friend is like a mystery
still to be discovered
wanting to be figured out

A friend is like a book
always very clever
waiting to be read

A hand is like an open basket
     waiting for you to put things in
A foot is like a walking racket
   stomp, step, skip, jump in.
A nose is like a high up mound
   that you can climb and then slide down
A mouth is like a funny clown
   which makes us laugh and never frown
Your eyes are like a fire
   burning with desire
Your mind is like a climbing wire
   with every reach you go higher

A friend is an open hand
A friend is a happy land
A friend is a pot of gold
A friend is someone I can hold
A friend is a beautiful flower
A friend has a lot of power

My hamster is
as smart as an inventor,
as friendly as a dog,
as fast as a race car,
as smart as a mouse,
and as active as an athlete.

A year is
A 365 day journey
A long event
A book of friends
A roller coaster ride through time
But once a year on 6/29
It’s my day of fame –



by posted under Uncategorized | 14 Comments »    
14 Comments to

“Similes & Metaphors in Poetry”

  1. December 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am      Reply jhischke Says:

    I just finished the book The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I decided to choose a random page in the middle of the book to start rereading and look for figurative language. Here are a few that I found:
    “The air thickened.” Pg.29 metaphor

    “His dismembered body exploded like a geyser and the screen went red.” Pg. 44 simile

    “‘I don’t smoke,’ he explained, the cigarette dancing in his mouth as
    he spoke.” Pg. 94 metaphor

    • December 30th, 2012 at 9:52 pm      Reply isschluenz Says:

      Those are very good ones the one that i thought was very described was the the last one.

    • December 31st, 2012 at 2:33 pm      Reply brjoly Says:

      Those similes and metaphor are really descriptive and would probably make more sense to people if they had read the same book you did.

    • January 2nd, 2013 at 5:07 pm      Reply kanoll Says:

      The similes and metaphors that you choose out of the book you just finished are very descriptive! I can really visualize in my mind what John Green is describing. Are similes and metaphors used in writing to help readers visualize what the similes or metaphor is explaining? I think similes and metaphors are like show don’t tell in a way, would you agree?

  2. December 30th, 2012 at 9:50 pm      Reply isschluenz Says:

    I was reading the book called Soul Surfer and I also picked a random page and i found one it said…………

    “My tears soaked through my face and in to my heart.”

    Can anyone help me and tell me if that is one or what it is?

  3. January 1st, 2013 at 11:43 am      Reply mapatza Says:

    I found this poemby

  4. January 1st, 2013 at 11:44 am      Reply mapatza Says:

    Sorry I didn’t mean to send that. But what I was going to say was I found a poem by Charlene Valladares called “The Mask”.
    The Mask
    © Charlene Valladares
    I look in the mirror at the beginning of each day, and ask myself what mask should I place on my face today.

    No not the sad one it’s too revealing, I don’t want to show the world my true feelings.

    For the mask that you can see camouflages the true me.
    It’s my public face that I remove each night, when I bare my soul the mirrors light.

    It’s the one meant for only my eyes to see it speaks of all my history.

    It tells of my youth and girlish ways, my adolescents and my young womans dreams.

    It tells of good times of which I had my share of love lost and pain so hard to bear.

    So I choose my mask so carefully, to cover the face that was given to me, the one that was meant for only my eyes to see.

    Source: The Mask, Metaphor Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/choosing-the-mask#ixzz2GkMtLkCY

  5. January 2nd, 2013 at 9:28 am      Reply tiking Says:

    I’m reading New Moon by Stephanie Meyer.
    ” It was like the lawn flooded waist high with green, feathery waves.” pg.161

  6. January 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 am      Reply maschneider Says:

    I am reading the book ” 12 Long Months”.
    ” And then, like a candidate late for his next fundraiser, he’s gone.”
    pg. 256

  7. January 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am      Reply brpeltier Says:

    Here are some examples of simile pomes by Denise Rodgers

    “Your feet smell so bad
    Just like limburger cheese
    That I’m holding my nose tight
    Between my two knees.”

    Your teeth are like stars;
    They come out at night.
    They come back at dawn
    When they’re ready to bite

  8. January 2nd, 2013 at 5:02 pm      Reply kanoll Says:

    In the poem above “Friends” I like how the author used similes to describe in more detail, to help me get a better vision of what the author is describing. In my book I am reading right now, Twilight by Stephanie Meyers, I found some similes!

    “His skin shined like thousands of diamonds.” Pg. 244

    “Face ashen, eyes wide, I sat like a bird locked in the eyes of a snake.” Pg. 264

    “His skin was cold and hard like a stone,” Pg 174

    • January 3rd, 2013 at 9:12 pm      Reply hagardner Says:

      There are many similes in Twilight! I love how you used the one when Edward goes out into the sun and sparkles. Im reading Alice in Wonderlad and one of the similes is “His eyes were narrow like a snake’s getting ready to track down his pray.”

  9. January 4th, 2013 at 2:32 pm      Reply racleven Says:

    Im reading a book called So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti I just went to random page in my book and I found this.

    This is a brand-new notebook.It has a black cover that says DUNDER MIFFLIN, INC.

  10. January 4th, 2013 at 2:43 pm      Reply olwery Says:

    In the book Soul Eater by Michelle Paver. (the 3rd in the series) A simile I found was, “The Walker’s foot was as blue as the sea on a cold, cold night.” Just to tell you, the setting was in the Winter and he cut his toes off because “The frost bite bit them off,” as he said it.

Email will not be published

Website example

Your Comment:

Welcome to your brand new blog!

This is a sidebar and can be changed by going to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard.


December 2012
« Nov   Jan »