A simile is a phrase that takes two unrelated nouns and compares them using like or as. Here are a few examples.
The toddler is like a hurricane.
Clearly a toddler isn’t a literal hurricane, but they are being compared as such. A toddler and a hurricane can both destroy whatever space they occupy fairly quickly.
The rain falls like tears.
The rain isn’t tears, but both fall from somewhere.
The man is as strong as a bear.
Often similes will use exaggeration to make a point. Clearly a man and a bear aren’t the same in strength.
Here are a couple of poems to show simile use:
The house stood like a solemn soldier,
Its columns solid as a pine.
The eaves graced the front like a lace shawl,
This beautiful old house of mine.
The Old Man
The man stooped as low as a stool,
His heart feeling like a stone.
He knew this day like his own birthday,
The day his darling went home.
His hand shook like a leaf
As he set the flowers on the soft dirt.
His tears fell like rain,
But he knew someday his soul wouldn’t hurt.
Practice identifying similes!