Figurative Language

Morgan Davidson English 1-7 S.H.S.


Definition: A figure of speech that uses like or as to compare two unlike things.

Example from the "Scarlet Ibis: "Keeping a nice secret is very hard to do, like holding your breath."


Definition: A figure of speech that compares two unlike things without like or as.

Example from the "Scarlet Ibis": "On the topmost branch a bird, the size of a chicken..."

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Definition: A figure os speech when a non-human object is given a human quality

Example from the "Scarlet Ibis": "In May and June there was no rain and the crops withered, curled up, then died under the thirsty sun."

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Definition: A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.

Example from the "Scarlet Ibis": "Doodle was just about the craziest brother."


Definition: the repetition of a sound at the beginning of words.

Example from "The Most Dangerous game": "He struck out with Strong strokes."

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In this song "Missin you Crazy" by Jon Pardi, There is an example of a simile in the first sentence. "Been runnin' this highway, like a greyhound."