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Figurative Language Vocabulary

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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Hyperbole
an overstatement or exaggeration
Allusion
A reference to a well-known person, place, thing, or idea.
Alliteration
Repetition of an initial consonant sound
Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents
Repetition
Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
End Rhyme
Repetition of sounds at the end of words
Internal Rhyme
Rhyme that occurs within a line, rather than at the end
Simile
A comparison using like or as
metaphor
A comparison without using like or as
personification
Giving human qualities to something non-human
Diction
Word Choice
connotation
Associations/feeling a word/phrase calls to mind.
tone
Attitude
shift
a change or movement in a piece
theme
Central idea of a work of literature