An Exercise in Similes and Metaphors

Similes and metaphors are some of the most used literary devices in poetry and literature. They help the reader relate and measure the extent of the writers’ visual depiction in the poem. After analyzing the similes and metaphors used in the poems “Dreams” and “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, the poets from Latino Youth High School wrote their own similes and metaphors. They were prompted to write about the timeless theme of love and infatuation. Enjoy!


Mike J.

You make me feel like a rose

Your face shines like a diamond that no one can buy

You’re as pretty as the sky


Ashley L.

Your smile lights up the room like stars in the night sky

Your presence makes me feel like I’m flying

You smell like sweet vanilla and a hint of honey


Ricardo S.

He was lighting in the sky

She was smooth like butter

Her coat was as white as snow

His jacket was red like Mars

His face was red like a tomato


Gio S.

Your laugh sounds like the breeze in the forest

Your eyes are as beautiful as the afternoon sunset

My love for you burns like a Phoenix about to rise from its’ ashes

You are an angel who brought light to my soul


Kim R.

You keep me in the middle like limbo

Frozen. Chill like the wind

Cold like my toes


Brian Z.

Like the sun, you shine from an unreachable view

Like flowers the thoughts of you bloom

You’re the warmth for my winter like rays shining through a window


Jose Carlos M.

Hey beautiful I can’t stop thinking of you as much as a woodpecker can’t stop pecking

Your eyes are like the midnight sky as they twinkle with the might of a billion stars

You are a gem in my eyes

You are a lighthouse the way I always find my way back to you



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.