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Similes, Metaphors, Personification . Figurative language: Or Two Things at Once. Figurative language is writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally. Example: The cold wind cut through my jacket like a knife.

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Figurative language is writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally.

    • Example: The cold wind cut through my jacket like a knife.
      • The wind didn’t ACTUALLY cut through my jacket, but it felt like it.
Definition
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Figurative language is used to express ideas in a more exciting and imaginative way.

    • Example: Which is more interesting?

The cold wind cut through my jacket like a knife.

Or…

It was windy.

Uses
simile

A simile is a the comparison of one thing to another that uses like or as. (A is like B)

  • Examples:
    • The goalie was like a rock.
    • Her smile is like the sun.
    • My brother is as dirty as a pig.
Simile
can you think of a simile
Thunder threatens

Like a sound that rolls around and around

In a mean dog’s throat.

-Martha Sherwood

Can you think of a simile?
metaphor

A metaphor is a the comparison of one thing to another without the use of like or as. (A = B)

  • Examples:
    • The goalie was a rock.
    • Her sunshine smile lit up the room.
    • My brother is a pig.
      • None of these things are ACTUALLY true, but we understand what they mean.
Metaphor
can you think of a metaphor
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The odd, friendless boy raised by four aunts.

-Phillip Dacey

Can you think of a metaphor?
personification

Personification is when human characteristics are given to non-human things.

    • Tip: Notice that PERSONification means to make something like a person.
  • Example:
    • The ice cream was begging me to eat it.
Personification
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