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Figurative Language and Language Usage

Different techniques authors use to enrich a text through language usage.
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figurative language
language expanded beyond its ordinary literal meaning - uses comparisons to express a fitting relationship between things that are essentially different
Simile
A comparison of 2 unlike objects using the words "like" or "as"
Metaphor
A comparison of 2 unlike objects NOT using the words "like" or "as"
Personification
Giving human-like qualities to non-human things
Hyperbole
An extreme exaggeration which is often used for emphasis
Onomatopoeia
Words that mimic their actual sound
Analogy
A comparison between two things, AND describing the explanation of the comparison.
Idiom
An expression or saying that literally makes no sense; means something else.
extended metaphor
a metaphor that goes several lines or possibly the entire length of the work
symbolism
a person, place, thing, or event that has meaning in itself also represents something else
imagery
language that appeals to the senses
allusion
a reference in a literary work to something famous
irony
a contrast between what occurs and what really is
connotation
emotional associations surrounding a word as opposed to is literal meaning
denotation
literal meaning of a word
euphemism
an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words