Figurative Language

One meaning of the word "figure" is "image" or "picture." Figurative language creates pictures in the mind of the reader. These figures help convey meaning and understanding faster and more vividly than words alone. We use "figures of speech" in figurative language to color and interest, and to awaken the imagination. Figurative language is everywhere, from classical works by Shakespeare and the Bible to everyday speech. It is even in tons of pop music, television shows, and commercials. Figur…
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Simile
comparing two unlike things using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: They fought like cats and dogs!
Metaphor
comparing two unlike things NOT using words such as "like" or "as"
Example: How could she marry a snake like that?
Personification
..., A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Example: The tree branch grasped my hat.
Onomatopoeia
..., A figure of speech consisting of words that sound like what they are describing
Example: The dog woofed at the mailman.
Hyperbole
an overstatement or exaggeration
Example:I have a ton of books in my backpack
idiom
a peculiar saying that the meaning doesn't match the words spoken
Example: It was raining cats and dogs as I drove home from work.
Adage or Proverb
A popular saying that is meant to express something wise or true.
Example: You shouldn't counts your eggs before they hatch. You may not get that new job.

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