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Figurative language

  1. 1. Figurative Language Exploring the Power of Metaphor
  2. 2. <ul><li>Simile is the comparison of two unlike things using like or as . </li></ul><ul><li>Example: He eats like a pig. Vines like golden prisons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Metaphor comparison of two unlike things using the verb &quot;to be&quot; and not using like or as as in a simile . </li></ul><ul><li>Example: He is a pig. Thou art sunshine. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Student Examples of Figurative Language <ul><li>Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a thigh master. </li></ul><ul><li>His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free </li></ul><ul><li>He spoke with wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>She grew on him like E. Coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef. </li></ul><ul><li>She had a deep throaty genuine laugh like that sound a dog makes just before he throws up. </li></ul><ul><li>Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. </li></ul><ul><li>He was as tall as a six foot three inch tree. </li></ul><ul><li>The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM. </li></ul><ul><li>McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The hailstones leaped up off the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. </li></ul><ul><li>Long separated by cruel fate, the star crossed lovers races across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 PM, traveling at 55 MPH, the other from Topeka at 4:19 PM at a speed of 35 MPH. </li></ul><ul><li>They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resemble Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. </li></ul><ul><li>He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the east river. </li></ul><ul><li>Even in his last years, Grampa had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out for so long, it had rusted shut. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh Jason, take me!” She panted, her breasts heaving like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night. </li></ul><ul><li>He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a landmine or something. </li></ul><ul><li>It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids with power tools. </li></ul><ul><li>The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant. </li></ul><ul><li>He was deeply in love and when she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Step One: </li></ul><ul><li>Journal- list or freewrite on people who have been in your life and/or have affected your life and then left- through moving, loss of friendship, death or otherwise. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Poem Style <ul><li>Before this, it was like this…. </li></ul><ul><li>Like…. </li></ul><ul><li>Like…. </li></ul><ul><li>It was… </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>And now it has changed because… </li></ul><ul><li>Now it’s like this… </li></ul><ul><li>Like this… </li></ul><ul><li>Like this… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Student Example #1 <ul><li>When he was here, he was like sugar in my coffee, </li></ul><ul><li>Like the gooey cheese on Pizza Hut’s Cheese lover’s pizza, </li></ul><ul><li>Like a mound of whip cream atop a sundae, </li></ul><ul><li>Like the first bloom of spring surrounded by snow, </li></ul><ul><li>He was black granite counter top in a cherry wood kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>And the master of ceremonies to all his guests. </li></ul><ul><li>And now it has changed because he was taken from us </li></ul><ul><li>Now it’s like the two musketeers </li></ul><ul><li>Like Peanut Butter without the jam </li></ul><ul><li>Like the Grand Canyon without the Colorado River </li></ul><ul><li>Like the Bulls without Michael Jordan. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Example #2 <ul><li>You are gone, and it’s like… </li></ul><ul><li>Dropping your ice cream on a hot summer day </li></ul><ul><li>Like the loss of innocence, </li></ul><ul><li>And the confidence it brings </li></ul><ul><li>Like the fumbling around for the light in the dark </li></ul><ul><li>That moment of fear </li></ul><ul><li>Like the dreaded call at seven in the morning </li></ul><ul><li>The sinking </li></ul><ul><li>Realizing that life will never be the same </li></ul><ul><li>But, my sweet bird, when you were here… </li></ul><ul><li>It was like a warm comforter on a cold winters eve… </li></ul><ul><li>Like the moment right before you sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Life is calm and serene </li></ul><ul><li>Like a child’s first Halloween </li></ul><ul><li>Full of vigor and excitement </li></ul><ul><li>Like a butterfly </li></ul><ul><li>I still wonder how so much beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Can be contained </li></ul><ul><li>Within the smallest of frames </li></ul><ul><li>Like a monument, </li></ul><ul><li>A reminder of the struggle, which is the past </li></ul><ul><li>And the hope we all have for the future. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The Red Wheelbarrow William Carlos Williams </li></ul><ul><li>so much depends </li></ul><ul><li>upon </li></ul><ul><li>a red wheel </li></ul><ul><li>barrow </li></ul><ul><li>glazed with rain </li></ul><ul><li>water </li></ul><ul><li>beside the white </li></ul><ul><li>chickens. </li></ul>

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