Figurative Languages in Sentences. Allusion and Under + Overstatement. By: Ho Jun Jee.
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Figurative Languages in Sentences.
Allusion and Under + Overstatement.
By: Ho Jun Jee
Allusion is a different way of making a comparison. You should know that allusion will definitely work best if you make it short and also when you refer to something the reader is familiar, such as like famous people, history, literature, bible, and etc. When the reader is familiar then they’ll also know the background and understand the meaning. Therefore, just writing few words will make the readers to understand and imagine enough.
Examples:To be as old as Noah (Allusion of Noah who was 637 years old)
To have a nose of Pinocchio. (The Tale of Pinocchio)
The latest time I can stay is until 12. (The story of Cinderella)
The Rules of Allusion
Don’t make it too long because when you use allusion, the shorter the deeper.
Choose allusion that will fit your audience
The advantages of Allusion
By just using allusion, the readers will gain the depth of your idea.
We don’t have to write long explanations to clarify the problem.
The readers won’t forget the meaning of your allusion and it will be in the reader's mind for long time.
There are two main types of irony which are used in poetry, Hyperbole and Understatement.
1. Hyperbolic statement – is also known as “Overstatement” and means an exaggerated sentence.Even though you exaggerate the truth, the readers won’t believe it. Hyperbole can supply the reader to have some comic or fancy effects. If you add some humor in it then it will be much effective.
2. Understatement – a statement that gets weakened to make softened sound and becomes more polite. Also understatement is a common feature of the language, English.
Examples of Hyperbole.
Hojun was so hungry that he could eat a cow.
I have read it more than thousand times.
Examples of Understatement.
I have this tiny little tumor on the brain. (From Catcher in the Rye.)
l believe that we have slightly different ideas on this topic. (Actually meaning, I don't agree with you at all.)
1.What kind of sentence pattern is this? “As the cave's roof collapsed, he was swallowed up in the dust like Jonah” (One Answer)
a. Allusionb. Understatementc. Over-statementd. None of the above
a. sentenceb. fragmentc. understatementd. hyperbole
a. an exaggerated sentence.
b. a statement that gets weakened to make softened sound and becomes more polite.
c. is a different way of making a comparison.
d. none of the above
a. By just using allusion, the readers will gain the depth of your idea.
b. Because it makes the writing fun
c. The readers won’t forget the meaning of your allusion will still be in the reader's mind for long time.
d. We don’t have to write long explanations to clarify the problem.