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Figurative Language and Rhetorical Devices

Giving the definition and examples of figurative language.
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Rachel Coleman

on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of Figurative Language and Rhetorical Devices

Figurative Language and Rhetorical Devices An comparison (like or as) "She is like a frog." Simile: Metaphor: Synecdoche: Metonymy: Periphrasi: Personificaton: A contradiction to some thing in the same sentence.
Ex."Man, this is some 'awfully good' pie!" Oxymoron: SOUNDS Onomatopoea: Assonance: A phrase or word indicating one kind of object or idea replacing each other to suggest a likeness or analogy between the two("town of fire"). A part that is used to represent the whole or for a part of the whole.

Ex. "The fins swam to the bait." Replacing the name of something for its cause or anything it may be associated with ("wort" for toad). Initially repeating consonants.
Ex. "The pumpkin patch plummeted in value." Alliteratin: Play on words most often used as a joke.
Ex. "I am not going to go 'about' 'a boat'." Pun: An indirect style of expressing things. Example: "The reason I consumed your yogurt is because I could quite possibly want yogurt." Not periphrasis: "I ate your yogurt because I wanted yogurt." Other Rhetorical Device An animate made to have the characteristics of a human. A sound written down into a word.
Ex. "The bomb exploded with a 'boom'!" Vowel sound that repeat in different words in the same sentences more than once.
Ex. "I 'want' to 'hunt' for fun." Ex. 'pride rock' Using a clause, word, or phrase in a small passage multiple times. Repetition and Parallelism: Ex. for Repetition; "I eat. You eat. We all eat." Ex. for Parallelism; "We love it when you sing. We would love it if you would sing more often." Apostrophe: Address directed of someone absent or abstractions. Ex. "Death, be so bold!" An exaggeration. Hyperbole: Ex. "That cat is as fat as an elephant!" Believable and usually indirect reference to an event, person, or place. Allusion: Ex. in a moment of danger she cried, "The British are coming! The british are coming!" The secondary or associated word meaning or expression plus its primary or explicit meaning. Connotation: Ex. A connotation for family wold be, 'A place of shelter, love, and comfort.' Ex. "What do you say 'about' 'a boat' that is sinking?"
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