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Figurative Language

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Kristin Gilbert

on 9 April 2017

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Transcript of Figurative Language

Pay close attention to the words that the actor says in the video clip. What do you notice about what he is saying?
Literal vs. Figurative Language
Literal language is words that mean exactly what they say.
Figurative Language
Whenever you describe something by comparing it to something else, you are using figurative language.
Alliteration Examples
What is Figurative Language?
Figurative Language goes beyond the literal meaning of words in order to give the reader a different perspective on the the subject.
Figurative language is using words to imply meaning beyond literal or to evoke and emotion.
Alliteration is the repetition of sounds at the beginning of neighboring words.
Alliteration Examples
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

We felt dreary and dismal in the darkness of the night.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
Pay attention to the graphic words that appear on the screen.
What did you notice about the
SOUND of the words?
Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it is describing.
The making of "pictures in words"
Think: Painting with words
Using the 5 senses
sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
Appeals to the senses of taste, smell, hearing, and touch, and to internal feelings as well as sight.
"I love those skies, thin blue or snowy gray"
"Swift autumn, like a bonfire of leaves"
Uses "like" or "as" to compare two or more dissimilar things.
A comparison of two unlike things NOT using
"like" or "as."
Simile Examples
"Do you ever feel
a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, hoping to start again?"--Katy Perry
"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up
a raisin in the sun..."--Langston Hughes
Metaphor Examples
"Baby, you're a firework..."--Katy Perry

grass is the "beautiful uncut hairs of graves"--"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman

"My heart's a stereo
It beats for you so listen close
Hear my thoughts in every note
Make me your radio..." Gym Class Heroes
Pay attention to what is different from real life in the
Personification: To give human qualities to non-human objects.
Personification Examples
The flowers begged for water.
The wind whispered softly in the night.
Lightning danced across the sky.
The sun played hide and seek with the clouds.

Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement meant to heighten effect and emphasize a point.
My phone rang a million times.
You could've knocked me over with a feather.
I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse.
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