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Introduction to Figurative Language
Transcript of Introduction to Figurative Language
What is it?
Figurative language is the use of original expressions that are not literally true.
Figurative language is used to make descriptions more vivid and original.
Writers use figurative language to make their descriptions more memorable and to create a picture in the reader's mind.
She is nice.
Use a simile.
She is as nice as a
This class is boring.
Use a hyperbole.
This class is more
boring than watching
your nails grow.
What are the most common types of figurative
It was windy.
The western wind whipped across the wild rapids.
a comparison of two unlike
things that does NOT use like or as
The classroom was a hurricane.
A simile is a comparison of
two unlike things that uses
"like" or "as."
His baby brother is as loud as a police siren.
A metaphor is also a comparison of two unlike
things, but it does not use like or as.
She is a red rose.
Personification is giving human
qualities to non-human things.
The trees danced in
the night air.
A hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration.
Mrs. Earl gave us a
mountain of homework.
An idiom is a figurative
expression that is
particular to a specific
language. It is also
known as slang.
It was raining cats and dogs.
Alliteration is the repetition of sounds at the beginning of words.
The teacher taught tots how to count to ten.
An onomatopeia is the use of words whose sound suggests their meaning.
The fly buzzed
around the room.
Why should we include
figurative language in
What is the difference
between a simile and
Give an example of a hyperbole.
Where might someone be most likely to read an onomatopoeia?
Rewrite the following dull
sentence using some form of
The door slammed loudly.