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Figurative Language

7th Grade Figurative Language - Hyperbole, Personification, Simile, Metaphor

Andrea Stirratt

on 15 February 2012

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Transcript of Figurative Language

Figurative Language Simile Uses like or as
to compare two
seemingly different
things. Ex)
Fame is like
a bee.

Fame is as fickle as a bee. Metaphor Personification Describes one thing as if
it were another.
(Without like or as) Ex)
Fame is a bee. Gives human qualities to
something nonhuman. Ex)
Fame smiled at me. Hyperbole Exaggerates speech
for emphasis. Ex)
He is so proud he could burst. Predictable
By Bruce Lansky Living Tenderly
By May Swenson My body a rounded stone
with a pattern of smooth seams.
My head a short snake,
retractive, projective.
My legs come out of their sleeves
or shrink within,
and so does my chin.
My eyelids are quick clamps. My back is my roof.
I am always at home.
I travel where my house walks.
It is a smooth stone.
It floats within the lake,
or rests in the dust.
My flesh lives tenderly
inside its bone. Fog
By Carl Sandburg The fog comes
on little cat feet. It sits looking
over the harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. Appetite
By Sharon Hendericks In a house the size of a postage stamp
lived a man as big as a barge.
His mouth could drink the entire river
You could say it was rather large
For dinner he would eat a trillion beans
And a silo full of grain,
Washed it down with a tanker of milk
As if he were a drain. Poor as a church mouse.
strong as an ox,
cute as a button,
smart as a fox. thin as a toothpick,
white as a ghost,
fit as a fiddle,
dumb as a post. bald as an eagle,
neat as a pin,
proud as a peacock,
ugly as sin. When people are talking
you know what they'll say
as soon as they start to
use a cliché. Many tall tales contain hyperboles.
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