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  1. Figurative Language Imagery, Simile, Metaphor, Personification,Hyperbole

  2. What is Figurative Language? • Figurative Language uses figures of speech to convey unique images and to create some sort of special effect or impression. • A “figure of speech” is an intentional deviation from the ordinary usage of language.

  3. Examples of Figurative Language I • Imagery • Similes • Metaphors • Personification • Hyperboles

  4. Image • An image is a word or group of words that refers to anything that can be perceived through your five senses. Example: sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell

  5. Imagery • A noun used to refer to a set of related images in a poem or work of literature or the total images in that wok of literature.

  6. Simile • A type of comparison that uses words such as like, as resembles, or than. • Similes are easy to spot Examples: “The team’s center looked like a skyscraper.” “My love is like a red , red, rose.” “We were as quiet as frightened mice.”

  7. Metaphors • A metaphor is a type of comparison with using like,as, or than. • A metaphor is a direct comparison • Instead of say one this is like another, a metaphor will say that one this is or was another. Example: “My brother is a prince.” “Razorback stadium was a slaughterhouse.”

  8. Personification • Personification is a type of figurative language in which non-human things are given human characteristics or qualities. Example: “The flowers dance in the wind.” “The sun smiled down upon us.” “An angry wind slashed its way across the island.”

  9. Hyperbole • A hyperbole is a form of figurative language which uses intentional exaggeration or overstating often for dramatic or humorous effect. Example: “I feel a flood of tears coming on.” “I needed a pickup truck to carry all of my homework.”

  10. Uses of Figurative Language • Since many examples of figurative language are found in poetry . Being able to understand their interpretations are necessary.

  11. Review –Figurative Language • Read the sentences. Write the first letter of the type of figurative language used in each sentence. • Simile Metaphor Hyperbole Personification • _____ 1. The wind whistled through the trees. • _____ 2. I am so hungry I could eat a horse. • _____ 3. She was as quiet as a mouse. • _____ 4. I have told you a million times. • _____ 5. His face was an open book. • _____ 6. He is as strong as an ox. • _____ 7. The stars looked down from the sky. • _____ 8. Her smile is a ray of bright sunshine. • _____ 9. His bedroom is a pig’s sty. • _____10. She was pretty as a picture in her new dress.

  12. Fill in the blanks to complete the comparisons. • It is as cold as _____________________________________________________. • She is as smart as a ________________________________________________. • His backpack was as heavy as a ______________________________________. • She is as old as ____________________________________________________. • It was as hot as____________________________________________________.

  13. Give the meaning of the metaphor. • The animal’s eyes were embers in the dark night. ___________________________________________________________________ • From the mountaintop view people below appeared to be ants. ___________________________________________________________________ • He was a rock throughout the terrible ordeal. ___________________________________________________________________ • Complete the following for each sentence. • The tree branches grabbed at him as he ran through the forest. • The nonhuman ______________ is given the human characteristic or action of • ___________________________________________________________________. • The sun chased the clouds away. • The nonhuman _____________ is given the human characteristic or action of • ____________________________________________________________________.

  14. Fill in the blanks to complete the comparisons. • It is as cold as _____________________________________________________. • She is as smart as a ________________________________________________. • His backpack was as heavy as a ______________________________________. • She is as old as ____________________________________________________. • It was as hot as____________________________________________________.