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.
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a reference to something else (historical, literary, religious, or mythical) ex. Dorothy's red slippers
words that have the same beginning sounds together
extreme exaggeration for effect
repeated beginning consonant sounds. Example: The fog filtered over the field finally hiding the fence
example sentence: The delicious bread danced in my stomach.
example sentence: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
example sentence: I've said that a million times.
example sentence: Matthew is a tall, cool drink of water.
examples: Bang!, hiss, drip, whoosh
example sentence: Joe sleeps like a log.
a comparison of two unlike things using "Like" or "As."
giving human characteristics to something non-human.
Repetition of consonant sounds
An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").