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Transcript of Figurative Language
So, what is figurative language?
Any language that cannot be taken
, is figurative language. For example: If I say, "It's raining cats and dogs outside," are there really adorable fuzzy creatures falling from the sky?
It's a figure of speech, or
also compare things, but
. Instead, a
comparison between two things, often with one word being used to represent another.
-She is a wrecking ball. (She exhibits destructive behaviors.)
-His muscles are chiseled marble.
-I'm the bomb, and I'm about to blow up.
are sayings that
be understood from the
used in them. The meanings are
, not literal!
-You are pulling my leg.
-He's in the doghouse.
-Read between the lines.
- She spilled the beans.
Painting a mental
for the reader by using
Figurative Language &
Other Poetic Elements
1. Authors use figurative language to enhance their writing.
13. Free Verse
are comparisons of unlike people, places, things, or ideas that use the words
-I came in
a wrecking ball.
-Batman's muscles are
to a place, person, or something from history that can be real or imaginary. Allusions can refer to anything, including
history, poems, literature, paintings, opera, folk lore, myths, or religious texts.
“Chocolate was her
.” This means that her love of chocolate is her weakness.
Achilles, a character in Greek mythology, was made invincible after his mother dipped him in magical water when he was a baby. She held him by the heel, so the magic protected him everywhere, except for his heel.
-“He was a real
with the ladies.”
Romeo is a character in Shakespeare’s play,
Romeo and Juliet
, and he was very romantic in expressing his love for Juliet.
Alliteration is the
of an initial consonant sound. Writers use words that
with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook).
is the use of words that have the same or very similar
sounds near one another (as in “summer fun” and “rise high in the bright sky”).
This clip from
V for Vendetta
demonstrates a dialogue that is heavy with alliteration.
Eminem uses assonance effectively.
Let's start with something you probably already know:
similes and metaphors
Cats are fuzzy blankets that
warm my heart.
of similar ending sounds in two or more words, often at the end of lines in
poems and songs.
words or phrases to emphasize an
Free verse does
use consistent patterns of rhyme, line length, syllable count, or rhythm. It tends to follow
the rhythm of
Structured poetry follows a consistent
framework, or repeating
of elements, such as line length, syllable count,
pattern, or rhythm, or a combination of these.
This is a cinquain poem. It
length and syllable count.
These are rhyming couplets:
They follow a pattern of rhyme and rhythm.
Besides figurative language, authors use other poetic elements to enhance their writing.
We have learned (reviewed, for some) many forms of
and plenty of
and describe how writers use them to enhance their writing.