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Figurative Language

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Kristal Martinez

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Figurative Language

Figurative Language:
Writing or speech not meant to be taken literally.

Poets use figures of speech to state ideas in new ways.
Simile:
A comparison using
like
or
as
.

As Brave as a Lion:

Crazy like a fox!
What does the
fox say?!
Similes in music:
"You came in
like a wrecking ball
"- Wrecking Ball
"You change your mind
like a girl
changes clothes"
- Hot and Cold
"How could you be so
cold as the winter wind
when it breeze yo"- Heartless
Metaphor:
My car is a snail!
My friend has the heart of a lion.
Musical Metaphors:
"Life is a
highway I

wana ride it all night
long"- Life is a Highway
"Our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneakin' out late, tapping on your window."-
Our Song
"You are the
thunder
and I am
the
lightning.
"
- Naturally
Personification:
Giving something non-human human qualities.
Time creeps up on you.
The flowers danced in the wind.
Personification in Music:
"Boy you got my
heart beat
running away
-Super Bass"
"The soul is escaping, through this
hole that is
gaping"- Lose Yourself
"
September saw a month of tears
, and thanking God that you weren't here"- Tim Mcgraw
Look for the verb to be: is, are, am, was, were, be, been, being, has, have, had
A comparison not using like or as.
Identifying Similes:
Look for key word: Like or as
Ask: what is being compared?
What do you know about these items? How does the writer use these items?
Given what you know about the items being compared, what is the writer saying about them?
Identifying Metaphors:
Look for key word: verb to be
Ask: what is being compared?
What do you know about these items? How does the writer use these items?
Given what you know about the items being compared, what is the writer saying about them?
Symbol
When a noun, which has meaning in itself, is used to represent something entirely different.

A dove is a symbol of
peace
Clocks are a symbol for time passing with urgency.
Elephants are symbols of wisdom.
Symbolism in Music
"You can stand under my umbrella"- Umbrella
"There's always going to be another mountain"-The Climb
"I'm coming home, I'm coming home. Tell the world I'm coming home"- Coming Home
Assignment
Find appropriate songs lyrics

Copy and paste them to a word doc.

Save them to your reading folder

Find at least 1 simile or metaphor.

At the bottom of the lyrics identify how you know this is a simile or metaphor.
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