Figurative Language in Pop culture

Figurative Language is Everywhere!

What is figurative language?

Figurative language uses figures of speech to create a unique sentence that is not to be taken literally. It is used to produce images in readers' minds and to express ideas in fresh, vivid, an imaginative ways. For example, similes, metaphors, personification, idioms and, hyperboles are all examples of figurative language.

Where can we find figurative language?

Figurative language is not only found in your novels or in text books. It is found all over your everyday life! It is in movies, music, tv shows, video games, posters, advertisements and more. Keep your eyes peeled and you will notice them all over!
Literary Devices in Pop Culture

Now watch these music videos below! Find a piece of figurative language in each video

  • Onomatopoeia- use of words that sound like what they mean "buzz" "hiss"
  • Alliteration- repetition of initial consonant sounds
  • Hyperbole- extreme exaggeration
  • Simile- a comparison of two things using like or as
  • Personification- nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
  • Metaphor- a direct comparison of two different things
  • Idiom- special expression having different meaning from the usual meanings


Now you see how figurative language is all over your everyday life in the media. Now reflect in your journal about other instances you see figurative language. It can be in the grocery store, on cereal boxes, or on the TV.
Katy Perry - Dark Horse (Official) ft. Juicy J
Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like A Love Song
Gym Class Heroes: Stereo Hearts ft. Adam Levine [OFFICIAL VIDEO]