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Figurative Language Techniques. Imagery. Vivid describing words that tell what something looks like, sounds like, tastes like, hears like, feels like The chilly rain pounded outside my foggy window. Hyperbole. An extreme exaggeration His feet were bigger than Shaq’s!. Onomatopoeia.

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imagery
Imagery
  • Vivid describing words that tell what something looks like, sounds like, tastes like, hears like, feels like
    • The chilly rain pounded outside my foggy window.
hyperbole
Hyperbole
  • An extreme exaggeration
    • His feet were bigger than Shaq’s!
onomatopoeia
Onomatopoeia
  • Words that imitate sounds
    • Bang! Wham!
metaphor
Metaphor
  • A comparison that makes two unlike things seem alike
    • Johnny’s plan was a recipe for disaster.
personification
Personification
  • Gives a nonhuman object the characteristics of a person
    • The computer laughed as it lost all my work.
simile
Simile
  • A comparison that uses the words “like” or “as”
    • The girl was as scared as a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
alliteration
Alliteration
  • The repetition of beginning sounds
    • Mickey Mouse might like mushrooms.
symbolism
Symbolism
  • The use of symbols to convey a meaning beyond what is actually said
    • A storm occurs during the part of a story where a character is having a fight, symbolizing the conflict.