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Figurative Language

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Lyra Johnson

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of Figurative Language

a comparison using like or as

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind

-Katy Perry "Firework"
Simile
personification
something that is not human being given human-like traits

"They crossed another yard, where hulks of obsolete machinery crouched, bleeding rust into their blankets of snow . . .."
(David Lodge, Nice Work. Viking, 1988)
hyperbole
exaggeration to make a particular point


"I was helpless. I did not know what in the world to do. I was quaking from head to foot, and could have hung my hat on my eyes, they stuck out so far."

(Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi")

metaphor
a comparison between two unlike objects NOT using like or as

"My heart's a stereo
It beats for you so listen close"

-Maroon 5 "My Heart's a Stereo"
More writing tools
Figurative Language
symbolism
when an object in a piece is used to represent something entirely different

Katniss's Mockingjay pin eventually becomes the symbol of the district's revolution later in
The Hunger Games
series. It stands for the fight against a corrupt government.
onomatopoeia
the use of words to imitate the sounds associated with an action or object

"Brrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinng! An alarm clock clanged in the dark and silent room."

(Richard Wright, Native Son, 1940)
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