Figurative Language

Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Alliteration


A Simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with anotherthing of a different kind,using like or as and used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.

Example From, THe Scarlet Ibis.~ " The five o'clocks by the chimney still marked time, but the oriole nest is in the elm was untenanted and rocked back and forth like an empty cradle."

This picture represents a simile. "to sit like a bump on the log."


A Metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object oraction to which it is not literally applicable.

Example From, Long Walk to Forever.~ "She was carrying a fat, glossy magazine she had been reading all day."

The picture below is a example of Metaphor."She was fairly certain that life was a fashion show."

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Personification is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

Example From, The Scarlet Ibis. " The last graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room in our house, speaking softly the names of our dead."

Here is a website that describes Personification.

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Hyperbole is exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

Example From, The Scarlet Ibis. "Doodle was just the craziest brother a boy ever had."

The picture below is a example of Hyperbole."The things you don't know would fill a whole library and leave room for a few pamphlets."

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Alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Example From, The Scarlet Ibis. "I would gather wildflowers, wild violets, honeysuckle , yellow jasmine, snake flowers, and water lilies, and with wire grass we'd weave them into necklaces and crowns."

Last but not least, The picture above is a example of Alliteration."The wind was whistling through the weeping willows."

Taylor Swift- Red

At the beginning of the song it gives a simile like."Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street." Another example is "Faster than the Wind", which is hyperbole.

Taylor Swift - Red (Lyrics) Video