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All about Poetry: Figurative Language

An introduction to poetry for middle school (eighth grade).

Hillary Hulver

on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of All about Poetry: Figurative Language

Common Forms of Figurative Language All About Poetry: Figurative Language Similes
Oxymorons Onomatopeia
Alliteration Metaphors Metaphors, like similes, make comparisons, but metaphors are more certain.
A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor says you are something.
You are my sunshine. Similes Similes suggest a comparison.
Use the words "like" or "as."
"I love you like a love song."
Selena Gomez, "Love You Like A Love Song" Personification When human traits are given to something that isn't human.
"Oreo: Milk's favorite cookie."
Oreo Slogan Image from sodahead.com Clichés An over-used expression.
"Mark my words."
"A play on words."
"Love is blind."
http://www.westegg.com/cliche/ Zoom! Onomatopoeia Whoosh! A word that describes a noise and is spelled like it sounds. Snap, crackle, pop! Moo. Quack. Tick-tock. Purr. A dramatic statement; one that is exaggerated so much that no one would believe it was true.
"I have told you a million times."
"I would die without my cell phone."
"My book bag weighs a ton." Hyperbole An Expression that is clear only to those who are familiar with the language of its origin and cannot be understood based on its literal meaning.
"Can I have a baker's dozen?"
"There is a method to my madness."
"I have a sixth sense. . . it's like I have ESPN or something."
Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls. Idioms Alliteration When a series of words begin with the same consonant sound. "Sally sells seashells by the seashore." Dunkin Donuts Bed, Bath, and Beyond A canner can can anything that he can,
But a canner can't can a can, can he? Personification Examples

Crack an egg.
Stir the butter.
Break the yolk.
Make it flutter.
Stoke the heat.
Hear it sizzle.
Shake the salt,
just a drizzle. Onomatopoeia Poem Flip it over,
just like that.
Press it down.
Squeeze it flat.
Pop the toast.
Spread jam thin.
Say the word.
Breakfast's in .

by Denise Rodgers "Crack an Egg" Oxymorons The use of two contradictory terms to describe something. Clearly confused. Definitely, Maybe. Friendly enemies. Love-hate relationship. Deafening silence.
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