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Figurative Language. From Definitions and Examples. Figurative Language. Describing something by comparing it to something else. Goes beyond literal meaning for new ideas or insights on subject There are many ways to do this. You see it and hear it everyday!.

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figurative language

Figurative Language

From Definitions and Examples

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Figurative Language
  • Describing something by comparing it to something else.
  • Goes beyond literal meaning for new ideas or insights on subject
  • There are many ways to do this.
  • You see it and hear it everyday!
Direct comparison between two unlike things, using like and as

Example: She is as busy as a bee.

Where you’ve heard it:

“I keep on crying but it doesn't seem to help at all. With every single tear drop it's like another rain drop fall. No matter what I do I can't stop the rain.”

Ne-Yo Can’t Stop the Rain

Implied comparison between two unlike things – sometimes using a form of a BEING VERB

NOT using like, as

Being verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been

Where you’ve heard it:

“The truth is hiding in your eyes and it’s hanging on your tongue, Just boiling in my blood, but you think I can’t see”Paramore – Decode

“Look at him, look at me, that boy is bad, and honestly, he is a wolf in disguise, but I can’t stop looking in those evil eyes”Lady Gaga - Monster

Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words

Alliteration always has alike amounts of sound.

Where you’ve heard it:

“I keep your Love Locked down, your love locked down, you loose”

Love Locked Down - Kanye West

2. “We keep quite cause we’re dead if they knew”

Love Story – Taylor Swift

Gives qualities of a person to an animal, an object, or an idea

Authors use to communicate feeling or attitude

Where you’ve heard it:

“And the Shadow of the Day, will embrace the world in grey, and the sun will set for you”

Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park

“I look at the world, and I notice it’s turning, while my guitar gently weeps”

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles

Words to mimic sounds

Appeal to sense of hearing and bring description to life

Where you’ve heard it:

“I'm so 3008You so 2000 and lateI got that boom, boom, boomThat future boom, boom, boomLet me get it now”

Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas

2. “Tonight, Imma fight till we see the sun light, tick tock on the clock, but the party don’t stop, no”

Tick Tock - Kesha

Exaggerated statement used to heighten effect

Emphasize a point

HYPER = extra or exaggerated energy

Where you’ve heard it:

“But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walked 1000 miles.”

I’m Gonna Be – The Proclaimers

Chuck Norris does not do push-ups. He pushes the world down.

His charm is so contagious, vaccines were created for it. – The Most Interesting Man in the World

I'm Already There by LonestarTeardrops on My Guitar by Taylor SwiftLove Song by Sara BareillesDynamite by Taio CruzBreathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick (this one uses similies as well)Like a G6 by Far East MovementWhip My Hair by Willow (Willow Smith)
  • The Remedy, Jason MrazLost!, Coldplay(Acoustic piano)Lost?, Coldplay(Organ-like sound)Lollipop, Mika When Im Gone, Simple Plan(just a bit figurative)Chop Suey, System Of A Down
  • Wordplay by Jason Mraz:
  • Get Whole Songs of:
  • Rihanna – take a bow
  • Kanye West – Love Lock Down
  • Paramore – Decode
  • Taylor Swift – Love Story
  • Lady Gaga – Monster
  • Shadow of the day – Linkin Park
  • Hip Hop is Dead – Nas
  • Stop and Stare – One Republic
  • Datskat – The Roots
  • Owl City Fireflies
Landscape chart (and modified one)
  • Find lyrics
  • Outline lesson plan