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R2: Figurative Language Terminology

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figurative language
language used by writers to produce images in readers' minds and to express ideas in fresh, vivid, and imaginative ways
simile
a comparison of two things using like or as
metaphor
a direct comparison of two different things without using like or as
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds
personification
a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
onomatopoeia
the use of words that sound like what they mean, such as "hiss," "buzz," "slam," and "boom"
rhyme
When the endings of words sound the same.
limerick
A poem that always has five lines
Tone
The emotional coloring or attitude of the work.
Repetition
The simple repeating of a word within a sentence or poetical line.
Mood
The feeling a piece of literature gives a reader.
Imagery
Text that is visually descriptive.
hyperbole
The lottery winner's grin stretched from New York City to Los Angeles.
metaphor
My binder is an overflowing sea of papers.
personification
The climbing rope laughed at my weak efforts but I just laughed along.
hyperbole
Many Americans have never-ending bottomless pits on Thanksgiving.
onomatopoeia
The thump, boom, bang of my sister hitting tennis balls against our garage door was very irritating.
alliteration
Spellbinding stories spin the imagination of listeners.
personification
The rose stretched her arms out and yawned after a long winter's nap.
simile
Track coaches look for runners who sprint as fast as cheetahs.
metaphor
Our lives are grapes, bitter and sweet.
hyperbole
The lunch line reached from the beginning to the end of the Great Wall of China.
simile
The fog curled over the tombstones like locks of hair.
personification
Even diamonds are jealous of your beauty.
simile
The snow covered hills in the distance were like welcoming pillows to the returning mountain climbers.
personification
The storm stared me down to my core with it's beady eyes.
metaphor
As she dreamed about winning her eyes became stars twinkling with the possibilities.
Assonance
When two or more words close to one another repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds.
lyrics
the words of a song
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