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Figurative Language

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Elizabeth Beckley

on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of Figurative Language

Figurative language is an important part of literature, especially poetry! Figurative language is when an author compares two or more things in an unexpected way. Figurative language makes poetry interesting...

For example:

What sounds better -

"I was alone and I saw a bunch of daffodils beside a lake. The wind was blowing them."


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

There are many different types of figurative language:
Metaphor Personification:

When a author gives a non-living object human characteristics.

The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
Write a sentence about your pencil using personification. hyperbole:

deliberate and obvious exaggeration used for effect

"I could eat a million of these." Write a hyperbole. Simile:

Simile is a comparison using "like" or "as".

They fought like cats and dogs. Write a simile of your own.

Compare school to something using "like" or "as".

School is like a beautiful flower that you cannot stay away from. Metaphor:

A comparison between two unlike things. Example:
"The rain came down in long knitting needles."
Write a metaphor comparing the rain to something
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