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100 Sweet Similes

Figurative Comparisons for Sweetness from "A Dictionary of Similes"

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Note to Teachers:
This list of 100 sweet similes (that is, figurative comparisons concerned with the quality of sweetness) has been adapted from an even larger collection in A Dictionary of Similes by Frank J. Wilstach, first published by Little, Brown, and Company in 1916.

Although students should have no trouble understanding most of these similes, they may find them a bit old-fashioned. If so, encourage them to create some sweet similes of their own using more contemporary subjects for comparison.

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  1. Sweet as odorous white lilies are. — Oscar Fay Adams

  2. Sweet as a nut. — Anonymous

  3. Sweet as a rose. — Anonymous

  4. Sweet as a sugar plum. — Anonymous

  5. Sweet as a vial of rose oil. — Anonymous

  6. Kiss as sweet,
    As cool fresh stream to bruised and weary feet. — Anonymous

  7. Sweet as a honey bee. — Anonymous

  8. Sweet as honeysuckle. — Anonymous

  9. Sweet as lilies in May. — Anonymous

  10. As sweet as spring's first song heard in the grove's retreat. — Anonymous

  11. Sweet as sugar. — Anonymous

  12. Sweet as the harmonies of spring. — Anonymous

  13. Sweet as the perfume of roses. — Anonymous

  14. Sweet as the solemn sounds of cherubs, when they strike their golden harps. — Anonymous

  15. Sweet as that which is forbidden. — Anonymous

  16. Sweet as the last smile of sunset. — Edwin Arnold

  17. Sweet as the honeyed dews that drip from the budding lotus-flower. — George Arnold

  18. Sweet and calm as is a sister's kiss. — P. J. Bailey

  19. Sweet as the infant spring. — Scottish Ballad

  20. Sweet as the joy which sorrow hushes. — Honoré de Balzac

  21. Sweet as new wine. — John Baret

  22. Sweet as applause to the actor. — Beaumont and Fletcher

  23. As sweet as April. — Beaumont and Fletcher

  24. Sweet as the moonlight sleeping on the hills. — Sir William S. Bennett

  25. Sweet as the light of the stars. — Robert Hugh Benson

  26. Sweet as the look of a lover saluting the eyes of a maid. — Ambrose Bierce

  27. Sweet, as when winter storms have ceased to chide. — William Cullen Bryant

  28. Sweet as the dewy milk-white thorn. — Robert Burns

  29. Sweet as matrimony. — Robert Burton

  30. Sounds sweet as if a sister's voice reproved. — Byron

  31. Sweet as May. — Thomas Carew

  32. Sweet as the song of the wind in the rippling wheat. — Madison Cawein

  33. Sweet as pity. — Hartley Coleridge

  34. Sweet as the whispered breeze of evening. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  35. Sweet as the hopes on which starv'd lovers feed. — Sir William Davenant

  36. Sweet as some immeasurable rose, expanding leaf on leaf. — Aubrey De Vere

  37. Sweet as are the orchards, when the fruit is hanging ripe. — Paul Laurence Dunbar

  38. Sweet as the murmur of the brook and the rustle of the corn. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  39. Sweet as the rosy morn in May. — George Granville

  40. Sweet as a youthful poet's dream. — Charles Gray

  41. Sweet as the harps that hung by Babel's stream. — Judah Halevi

  42. Sweet as summer days that die when the months are in the bloom. — Will Wallace Harney

  43. Sweet as tropic winds at night. — Paul Hamilton Hayne

  44. Sweet as the blossoms of the vine. — Robert Herrick

  45. As sweet as dewy turf to wayworn feet — Emily H. Hickey

  46. Sweet as a meadow at noon. — Katherine Tynan Hinkson

  47. Sweet as the dawn star. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  48. Sweet as the first snow-drop, which the sunbeams greet. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  49. Sweet as honey. — Homer

  50. Sweet as scarlet strawberry under wet leaves hidden. — Nora Hopper

  51. Sweet as the hills. — Richard Hovey

  52. Sweet as a rosebud crowned with moss. — Victor Hugo

  53. Sweet as music. — Victor Hugo

  54. Sweet as the twilight notes of the thrush. — Helen H. Jackson

  55. Sweet as jasmine. — Jami

  56. Sweet as blue heavens o'er enchanted isles. — John Keats

  57. Sweet as love. — John Keats

  58. Sweet as a cat with syrup in its paws. — Vaughan Kester

  59. Sweet as mountain honey. — Charles Kingsley

  60. Sweet as the sigh of the spring gale. — L. E. Landon

  61. Sweet . . . as the sad spirit of the evening breezes. — Emma Lazarus

  62. Sweet as the sound of bells at evening. — Richard Le Gallienne

  63. Sweet as a bell in the woods. — Amy Leslie

  64. Sweet as morning dew upon a rose. — Thomas Lodge

  65. Sweet as the cadence of a poet's song. — John Logan

  66. Sweet was her breath as the breath of kine that feed in the meadows. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  67. Sweet as heaven's image in an unrippled lake. — George W. Lovell

  68. Sweet as summer's showers. — George MacHenry.

  69. Sweet as first love. — Gerald Masbet

  70. Sweet as first spring violets. — Gerald Masbet

  71. Sweet as Eden. — George Meredith

  72. A secret sweet as songs of dawn that linnets sing when mists are gone. — Richard Monckton Milnes

  73. Sweet as the sweetest song of bird on summer's eve. — David Macbeth Moir

  74. Sweet as Angel accents. — James Montgomery

  75. Sweet as every-day sunshine. — John Muir

  76. Sweet, like an angel's sigh. — Mary R. Murphy

  77. Sweet, like a silver whistle. — Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé)

  78. Sweet as violet-borders growing over fountains over-flowing. — Ambrose Philips

  79. Music sweeter than the sweetest chime of magic bells by fairies set a-swinging. — Thomas Buchanan Read

  80. Sweet as smiles to the lips that are pale. — A. J. Ryan

  81. Sweet as the dew-drops that fall on the roses in May. — Abram Joseph Ryan

  82. Sweet as the dreamings of the nightingales. — Charles Sangster

  83. Sweet as damask roses. — William Shakespeare

  84. Sweet as a summer night without a breath. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

  85. Sweet as if angels sang. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

  86. Sweet as a child's heart-lightening laugh to hear. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

  87. Sweet as rest. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

  88. Sweet as running streams to men's way-wearied feet. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

  89. Sweet as forgiveness. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

  90. Sweet as when earth was new. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

  91. Sweet as the voice of a mountain brook. — Arthur Symons

  92. Sweet as children's prattle. — Pamela Tennant

  93. Sweet as new buds in spring. — Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  94. Sweet as the apple-blossoms. — Celia Thaxter

  95. Sweet as the music of Apollo's lyre. — Celia Thaxter

  96. Sweet as the early pipe along the dale. — William Thomson

  97. Sweet as the dawn star. — Wilbur Underwood

  98. Sweet as regret. — Margaret Fuller

  99. Sweet as the faint, far-off, celestial tone of angel whispers, fluttering from on high. — William Winter

  100. Sweet as the lips that once you pressed. — William Winter

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