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LH - Fig Lang

Helgerson - Figurative Language terms

the opposite of literal language figurative language
words that imitate the sounds they name onomatopoeia
the repetition of the beginning sounds in two or more words alliteration
comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as" simile
comparing two unlike things by saying one thing IS the other metaphor
He eats like a hog. simile
Don't be such a mule. metaphor
Our cat is so fast; he's a bolt of lightning! metaphor
giving human qualities to inanimate objects personfication
The leaves danced in the wind. personification
an expression that can't be understood from the meanings of its individual words idiom
It's "raining cats and dogs". idiom
a huge exaggeration used for emphasis hyperbole
I've got a ton of papers to grade tonight. hyperbole
saying one thing, but meaning another verbal irony
expecting something to happen that turns out quite differently situational irony
when the reader or audience knows something that the characters in the story don't dramatic irony
time and place setting
the use of words that appeal to the five senses imagery
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers alliteration
the trolley clattered down the street onomatopoeia
when something stands or represents something greater than itself symbolism
the cross stands for Christianity symbolism
Saying "that was really cool" when your friend does something stupid. verbal irony
a reference to something from history or literature that everyone understands allusion
You're the George Washington of our community. allusion
saying one thing is similar to another by giving an example; using an example or story to explain something else analogy
a statement that seems self-contradictory or absurd, but in reality tells a possible truth paradox
When she walks in the hair, her hair is shiny, kind of like your nose hairs after you sneeze. analogy
I can exist everything except temptation. paradox
Created by: lhelgerson



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