Figurative Language

By: Hannah Patterson

What is figurative language? What are some examples?

Simile

A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more empathetic or vivid.


EX:

Night "It was though she were possessed by an evil spirit which spoke from the depths of her being" (23)


"If anyone is missing, you'll all be shpt like dogs. . . ." (22)



Metaphor

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


Ex:

Night "That night the soup tasted of corpses" (62)

Personification

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


Ex:

Night "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust." (32)

Hyperbole

A hyperbole is an exaggerated statement of claim not meant to be taken literally.


Ex:

Night "A prolonged whistle split the air." (20)

Alliteration

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


Ex:

Night "That is where we were to wait for the last transport."

Examples of Figurative Language in song.