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Transcript of Figurative Language
"I never found a companion that was so companionable as you."
-Henry David Thoreau Example:
"I love those skies, thin blue or snowy gray,
Those fields sparse-planted, rendering meager sheaves;
That spring, briefer than apple-blossoms breath,
Summer, so much to beautiful to stay,
Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves,
And sleepy winter, like the sleep of death."
-"Puritan Sonnet" by Elinor Wylie
grass is the "beautiful uncut hairs of graves"
-"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman Example:
"My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow,
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze:
Two hundred to adore each breast:
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should slow your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate."
-"To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell Example:
"wise fool" Example:
"Like a small grey
sits the squirrel."
-Humbert Wolfe Example:
"The window screen
is trying to do
its crossword puzzle
but apperars to know
only the vertical words."
-"Sunday Rain" by John Updike Example:
"keep an eye out for"
"take it easy"
"pull someone's leg"
"As for me tomorrow and you will find me a 'grave' man."
-"Romeo and Juliet" by Williams Shakespeare Example:
"after life's fitful fever"
-"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare Example:
hum, buzz, clang, boom, hiss, crack, twitter A figure of speech in which two contradictory words or phrases are combined in a single expression Simile