Figurative Language

By: Hannah Patterson

What is figurative language? What are some examples?


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.


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)


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Examples of Figurative Language in song.