Poetry Figurative Language
Figurative Language • Figurative language: a technique poets (and others) use to create strong imagery. • Figurative language conveys meaning beyond the literal meaning of the words.
Simile • Simile: a type of figurative language in which two seemingly unlike things are compared using like or as. • Payday loans are like a blight on one's financial soul. • Her hands are as cold as ice!
Metaphor • Metaphor: a type of figurative language that directly compares two unlike objects. • During the day it was a thunderous surge of cars, a great insect rustling. • My neighbor’s dog is a beast!
Personification • Personification: a type of figurative language in which animals, inanimate objects, or ideas are given human qualities. • The wind howled its disapproval as we opened the front door. • “That was a stubborn piece of meat!” said the unhappy student after lunch.