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Figurative Language. Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else, you are using figurative language. . Simile Metaphor Personification. Alliteration Onomatopoeia Hyperbole. Common Examples of Figurative Language. 1. Simile.

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Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else,you are using figurative language. 
common examples of figurative language






Common Examples of Figurative Language
1 simile
1. Simile
  • A simile uses the words “like” or “as”to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike.
2 metaphor
2. Metaphor
  • The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison.A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.
3 personification
3. Personification
  • A figure of speech in which human characteristics are givento an animal or an object.
4 alliteration
4. Alliteration
  • The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words.Alliteration includes tongue twisters.
5 onomatopoeia
5. Onomatopoeia
  • The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the soundmade by an object or an action.
6 hyperbole
6. Hyperbole

An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true.Tall tales are hyperboles.

example he was so hungry he ate that whole cornfield for lunch stalks and all
Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.
  • differs in visual form from prose. Poetry commonly appears as a sequence of lines arranged in stanzas rather than a sequence of sentences within paragraphs.
poetry is ultimately characterized more by how it communicates than by what it communicates
Poetry is ultimately characterized more by how it communicates than by what it communicates.
  • poetry relies on the sound of the spoken language
  • poetry relies on figurative language.

Poetry can tell a story, describe an object or situation, narrate an event, or simply express feelings. Whatever the substance of the remarks and the ultimate message, poetry is characterized by linguistic elements that go beyond standard sentence structure.