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Figurative Language

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The wind howled through the crack's of the open walls. Imagery: the use of language to represent sensory experience
She was as beautiful as a rose. Simile: a comparison using like or as
"All the world's a stage" - William Shakespeare Metaphor: a comparison not using like or as; states that something is the other
The willows danced to the beat of the wind. Personification: figure of speech where nonhuman things are given human qualities.
The scarlet letter that Hester Prynne wore represented an unforgivable crime she committed. Symbolism: when one object is used in place of another; an object that represents a greater, abstract, universal idea.
"I am positive that it will all work out," she said as she rolled her eyes. Irony: figure of speech in which what is happening or being spoken is done so to mean the exact opposite of it's literal meaning.
The child is father of the man. Paradox: statement or situation containing apparently contradictory or incompatible elements that upon closer inspection might have a deeper connection.
Milk curdled at the sound of her voice. Hyperbole: an exaggeration or intentional overstatement often used for dramatic effect.
"I think I know enough of hate/ To say that for destruction ice/ Is also great/ And would suffice." - Robert Frost Understatement: figure of speech in which a poet deliberately makes something seem less important or serious than it truly is.
"Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone Without a dream in my heart Without a love of my own." - Lorenz Hart Apostrophe: literary technique in which an abstract concept, an important object or an absent person are addressed directly by the speaker or poet.
the White House = the President Metonymy: Figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated.
Created by: tflores07