FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE. Imagery & Figurative Language. Anâ€imageâ€ is â€œa word or sequence of words that refers to any sensory experienceâ€. Figures of Speech. Figurative language uses figures of speech to convey unique images and create some sort of special effect or impression.
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An”image” is “a word or sequence of words that
refers to any sensory experience”
Figurative language uses figures of speech to convey unique images and create some sort of special effect or impression.
A “figure of speech” is an intentional deviation from the ordinary usage of language.
- William Shakespeare
Writers often create images or enhance meaning by comparing one thing to another for special effect.
In a metaphor, a writer states that X is Y. Readers understand that we are not to take the comparison literally, but that the metaphor helps us to see X in a new way.
EXAMPLE: My brother is a prince.
Her eyes are dark emeralds.
Her teeth are pearls.
Avoid Mixed Metaphors
-combining two or more incompatible images in a single figure of speech
(X is like Y: X is compared to Y in order to illustrate X more fancifully, poetically, or effectively.
My love is like a red, red rose.
My love resembles a rose.
My love is redder than a rose.
She came out smelling like a rose!
by Shirley Jackson
“Ninki was by this time irritated beyond belief by the general air of incompetence exhibited in the kitchen, and she went into the living room and got Shax, who is extraordinarily lazy and never catches his own chipmunks, but who is, at least, a cat, and preferable, Ninki saw clearly, to a man with a gun.
A tunnel walled and overlaid
With dazzling crystal: we had read
Of rare Aladdin’s wondrous cave,
And to our own his name we gave.
John Greenleaf Whittier
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather . . .
from “Those Winter Sundays”
What are your five senses? Hearing, Sight, Taste, Touch, and Smell.
a noun used to refer to a set of related images in a piece of writing or the totality of images in the writing.
Poetry Quote by Edgar Allan Poe I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is Taste.