Figurative language

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Figurative language

  1. 1.  Writing or speech not meant to be takenliterally. Writers use figurative language to expressideas in vivid and imaginative ways.
  2. 2.  Irony – a contrast between what is stated andwhat is meant, or what is expected to happenand what actually happens. Sarcasm (Verbal Irony) – a word or phrase isused to suggest the opposite of its usualmeaning Dramatic Irony – a contradiction betweenwhat a character thinks and what the readeror audience know
  3. 3.  Irony continued… Irony of Situation – an event occurs thatcontradicts the expectations of thecharacters, of the reader or audience
  4. 4.  Satire – writing that ridicules or criticizesindividuals, ideas, institutions, socialconventions or other works of art orliterature. Allegory – story where the characters andsituation are symbolic of something else Understatement – a statement that lessens orminimizes the importance of what is meant
  5. 5.  Poetic Devices Symbolism Personification Metaphor Alliteration Simile Idiom Hyperbole Rhyme

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