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‘Flint’ by Christina Rossetti

We enjoyed reading and writing the poem below in our Handwriting sessions.
What is a simile?
How many examples of similes can you find in the poem?
Try making up some of your own!


An emerald is as green as grass,
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.
A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world’s desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds fire.
By Christina Rossetti


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2 Responses to “‘Flint’ by Christina Rossetti”

  1. Thomas Callander says:

    A simile is when 2 things in the sentance are alike, like the same, for example they look the same.

    There are 3 in the poem

    Example ‘It’s as useful as a chocolate teapot!’

    • mrsrichley says:

      Yes, I think this would be an example of an informal simile that you would hear in speech (joking) more often than writing. It certainly made me laugh!

      Well done for spotting the correct number of similes in the poem!

      Similes include ‘as…as’ or ‘like’ so can look out for more examples in your reading!

      Here are two more examples:

      She was as brave as a lion.
      He swam like a fish and won the race.