Figurative Language

By: Tamie Adebolu

What is figurative language

Figurative language is made by saying one thing and meaning another, in other words, language that cannot be taken literally (or should not be taken literally only). Some figurative devices are metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, sarcasm, alliteration, assonance, idiom and onomatopoeia.

Examples of Figurative language

Simile- The cat is as stubborn as a mule.

Metaphor- My grandmother is a sweet cherry pie.

Personification- The wind punched the window and it broke.

Alliteration- My friend Mark is extremely and extravagantly egotistical and easygoing.