Variety of Figurative Language

By: Madi Pattillo, 6th period, 8/26


metaphor- a comparison between two unlike things in which one thing becomes another thing.

Example from 'Mrs. Flowers': "She was our sides answer to the richest white women in town."

Original example: The children whispered behind Mrs. Armstrong's back and explained how the school was a prison.

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simile- a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles.

Example from 'Mrs. Flowers': "...her printed voile dresses and flowered hats were as right for her as denim overalls for a farmer."

Original example: The bright morning sky filled with gigantic, fluffy clouds reminded Kris of fresh cotton candy at the fair.

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onomatopoeia- the use of words whose sounds imitate or suggest their meaning.

Example from 'All Summer In A Day': A boom of thunder startled them."

Original example: Quack, quack went the ducks as I walked passed them at Southern Belle Farms.

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alliteration- the repetition of constant sounds in words that are close together.

Example from 'On The Pulse of Morning': "A rock, A river, A tree."

Original example: Papa Pete picked patches of perky peaches.

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personification- a figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes.

Example from 'On The Pulse of Morning': "The river sang and sings on."

Original example: The scrumptious cupcake begged me to take a bite of it's gooey, golden brown core.

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hyperbole- an exaggerated expression used for emphasis or effect.

Example from 'All Summer In A Day': "And she knew they were dreaming and remembering gold or a yellow crayon or a coin large enough to buy the world with."

Original example: The students complained to Mrs. Lindsey claiming they already had tons of homework and that they would die if she gave them another worksheet.

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