61 analogy examples

An analogy is a literary device that establishes a relationship between different elements that share characteristics that relate them, either by similarity or difference. Analogies can be raised in rhetorical or literary figures such as simile, metaphor, and allegory.

Analogies in similes

The simile or comparison is a type of analogy that is characterized by establishing an explicit relationship of similarity between the elements that compose it.

  1. Old age is like the winter of life.
  2. He spoke in code, as in a riddle.
  3. He was angry, like a volcano.
  4. There is a tea that is as valuable as an expensive bottle of champagne.
  5. Glasses are like walking sticks.
  6. He drank wine as if it were water.
  7. Love brings peace, as hate brings war.
  8. A soldier is like a worker.
  9. The city is like a concrete jungle.
  10. He loves books, he is like a bookworm.
  11. The motorcycle was fast as a rocket.
  12. The NBA is like the UEFA of basketball.
  13. Ship is to sea as plane is to air.
  14. Green indicates safety, as red indicates danger.
  15. She was light and dark, like night and day.
  16. A doctor needs an operating room like a factory worker.
  17. A mayor is like the president of a town.
  18. A verse in the Bible is like a paragraph in a book.
  19. A hive is like an anthill.
  20. A hat is like a glove for the head.
  21. Each new project was like a child to her.
  22. Going to work was like a nightmare.
  23. Hair golden like the sun.
  24. I cried to you like a river.
  25. He slept like a baby.
  26. I love you like my life.
  27. The meteorite passed like a firebird.
  28. Dogs are like little children.
  29. They eat like beasts.
  30. I am lucky, I live like a queen.
  31. The baby was wrapped like a tamale.

Analogies in metaphors

The metaphor is a literary figure that relates two concepts by similarity or difference, although this relationship is not literal.

  1. The Lord is My Shepherd
  2. I am showered with job proposals
  3. Time to settle down and settle down
  4. "Cold as the wind, dangerous as the sea."
  5. The pilots are our eyes in the air.
  6. His hair was an inhospitable jungle.
  7. Hearing that song made him sad; it was a pang in the heart.
  8. Any news shook her, it had a crystal character.
  9. She was the star of the night, the best dancer.
  10. His words were sharp.
  11. I am in the prime of life.
  12. He turned 15 springs.
  13. I'll keep quiet, I'm a grave
  14. The light bulb went on, I already have the idea!
  15. Looks that kill.
  16. His laugh was music to my ears.
  17. That money is water fallen from the sky.
  18. I feel in the clouds, I am happy.
  19. She is always distracted, on the moon.
  20. Margaret Thatcher was strict, she had an iron fist.
  21. Everyone thinks he is a meek lamb, but in reality he is cruel.
  22. You have to drop that armor and express your feelings.
  23. My grandmother was a sun.
  24. Life is a party.
  25. This wine is a nectar of the gods.

Analogies in allegories

Allegory is a type of analogy that uses the figurative sense to represent abstract ideas. It is a kind of extended metaphor that extends throughout a narrative text.


Life as a Journey to Redemption: The Divine Comedy is a 16th century poem written by Dante Alighieri. It narrates the journey of Dante (the protagonist) towards hell, purgatory and heaven, where he meets his beloved.

There an analogy is made between the journey to these three divine instances and a journey of self-discovery in which the protagonist knows the despair of sin, the hope of purification and redemption.


Poetry personified: in the verses of "La Poesía", by Eugenio Montejo an analogy is made between poetry and a human being who visits us and gives us a beautiful detail.

Poetry crosses the earth alone,
support your voice in the pain of the world
and nothing asks
not even words.

It comes from afar and without time, it never warns;
He has the key to the door.
Entering always stop to watch us.
Then he opens his hand and gives us
a flower or a pebble, something secret,
but so intense that the heart beats
too fast. And we woke up.


Eros and Psyche and Confidence in Love: The myth of Eros (personifying love) and Psyche (the soul) is a story written in the 2nd century AD by the Greek Apuleius. Although they both loved each other, Psyche was forbidden to see her husband's face. By defying the gods and looking at him, she was sentenced to a series of punishments. It is an allegory that relates "not seeing" with the trust that must exist in a loving relationship. It is also an analogy of the union of feeling (Eros) with reason (Psyche).


The dry leaf and old age: the poem “Dry leaf” by the Spanish poet Juan Nicasio Gallego is an analogy between a withered leaf heading for an uncertain destination (death) and old age.

Dry and lonely leaf
that I saw so fresh yesterday,
Where dust cover
are you going to stop -I do not know.

Far from the native bouquet
the cruel wind drags me
from the valley to the hill,
from the sandy area to the orchard.

I go where the wind takes me
resigned to know
that neither sighs nor begs
they have to temper their arrogance.

Daughter of a poor mastic,
I go where they go too
the presumption of the rose,
the pride of the laurel.


Life as a chess game: in this fragment of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, the chess pieces are related to the roles that human beings assume. At the end of the game, all the pieces have the same destiny (go to a bag), just as a common ending awaits us: death.

"(...) Brave comparison! Said Sancho," although not so new that I have not heard it many and several times, like that of the game of chess, that, while the game lasts, each piece has its own particular job. ; and, when the game is over, they all mix, gather and shuffle, and find them in a bag, which is like finding life in the grave (...) "

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