AP English Poetry

Figurative Language

DIMENSIONS: Poetry say more vividly and forcefully

Literal & Figurative

  • Implied
  • Stated
  • Combination of both

PERSONIFICATION gives life and immediacy to language

  • Imaginative pleasure
  • Adds imagery and sensuality
  • Emotions and attitudes
  • Concentration of form


IMAGE means only what it is

METAPHOR means something other than what it is

SYMBOL is what it is and more

LAYERS of Meaning

Allegory: ONE to ONE meaning correspondence. SYSTEM

Paradox: tied to connotation (Shock value)

Sarcasm: Cutting

Satire: Soclal Criticism

Irony: no sarcasm or satire (grace or force = special understanding)