Figurative Language


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    Example: Imagine if I were to blow up a bubble and you burst it with a pencil. I could then say, "You burst my bubble." This would be literal language because you actually "burst my bubble." However, if I were to say, "When you told me it was going to rain on my birthday, you really burst my bubble!" In this sentence a bubble has not actually, or literally, been burst; it means that the rain prediction dampened my excitement about my birthday.

    A figure of speech, which involves a direct comparison between two unlike things, usually with the words like or as. Example:
    The muscles on his brawny arms are strong as iron bands.

    A figure of speech, which involves an implied comparison between two relatively unlike things using a form of be. No comparison word is used. Example:
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight.

    Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words. Alliteration is used to create melody, establish mood, call attention to important words, and point out similarities and contrasts. Example:
    wide-eyed and wondering while we wait for others to waken.

    A figure of speech, which gives the qualities of a person to an animal, an object, or an idea. It is a comparison, which the author uses to show something in an entirely new light, to communicate a certain feeling or attitude towards it and to control the way a reader perceives it. Example:
    …a brave handsome brute fell with a creaking rending cry --the author is giving a tree human qualities.

    The use of words that mimic sounds. They appeal to our sense of hearing and they help bring a description to life. A string of syllables the author has made up to represent the way a sound really sounds. Example:
    Caarackle! BOOM! Zap! Zoink!

    An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect. It is not used to mislead the reader, but to emphasize a point. Example:
    I have millions of friends calling my house every night!


    A saying whose meaning can’t be understood from the individual words in it. Example: He answered the question off the top of his head.


    A word or phrase that has become overly familiar or common place. Example: No pain, no gain.

    IMAGERY: Language that appeals to the senses. Descriptions of people or objects stated in terms of our senses.


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