FIGURES OF SPEECH© Capital Community
Simile Simile is a stated comparison between two  things that are actually unlike but have  something in common. A Simil...
2. Like a glum cricket    The refrigerator is singing                     From Flight by James  Tate3. Twinkle, twinkle li...
METAPHOR Makes   a direct comparison of two unlike  things that have something in common. A  metaphor does not include th...
EXTENDED METAPHOR Makes a comparison that is carried throughout a literary selection. The continued use of the same metap...
PERSONIFICATION Isa figure of speech that gives a human  qualities to an object, an animal or an  idea. It enables the re...
2. “Q is for Quietness    of Sunday Avenues  When silence walks the city    In her pretty velvet shoes.            -    Ph...
APOSTROPHE Addresses   personified objects as a real  persons, the absent as if they were  present, the dead as if they a...
ALLUSION Is  a reference in a work of literature to  another work of literature, or to a well  known person, place or eve...
3. Historical Allusion      Some call Marcos a modern day Hitler.4. Biblical Allusion  I took my power in my hand  And wen...
HYPERBOLE Is a figure of speech that exaggerates an  idea so vividly that the reader has an  instant picture.  Examples:1...
IRONY Is the general name given to literary  techniques that involve differences  between appearance and  reality, expect...
Example:      Two friends have planned to have a  day of picnicking and hiking. As they step  out of the door, it begins t...
and buys a chain worthy of her husband’s  prized gold pocket watch. The husband  sells his watch to buy an exquisite torto...
OXYMORON Isthe combination of two mutually contradictory words in a case where the contradiction is apparent only, the tw...
PARADOX Isseemingly contradictory but true  statement.Example:1. More haste, less speed. 2. Attack is the best form of de...
ALLITERATION Is    the repetition of a consonant sounds. It     is an important tool for the poets. It gives     musical ...
ASSONANCE Refers  to the recurrence in words that are  close together, of the same vowel sound.1. What a world of merrime...
METONYMY Is the substitution of one noun for another  which it suggests. It is based on  association (e.g the author for ...
SYNECDOCHEA   type of metonymy in which a significant  part is used to represent the whole.1. It’s useless to preach to e...
Identify the figures of speech used in the  following sentence.1. “O liberty, liberty! What crimes are   committed in thy ...
8. If I were Circe, I would change my  enemies into swine.9. Bang-Whang-Whang goes the  drum, tootle-te-tootle the fife, o...
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  1. 1. FIGURES OF SPEECH© Capital Community
  2. 2. Simile Simile is a stated comparison between two things that are actually unlike but have something in common. A Simile is easy to recognize because it is introduced by the words like, as, resemble or similar to.Example:1. She is quiet as a mouse.
  3. 3. 2. Like a glum cricket The refrigerator is singing From Flight by James Tate3. Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high Like a diamond in the sky.4. The morning dew smells like a new papaya in bloom
  4. 4. METAPHOR Makes a direct comparison of two unlike things that have something in common. A metaphor does not include the words like, as, resemble, or similar to.Example:1. “Even at night time, Mama is sunrise.” – Evelyn Tooley Hunt2. Stars are great drops of golden dew.
  5. 5. EXTENDED METAPHOR Makes a comparison that is carried throughout a literary selection. The continued use of the same metaphor creates a strong image for the reader.“O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman compares Abraham Lincoln to a captain of a ship.
  6. 6. PERSONIFICATION Isa figure of speech that gives a human qualities to an object, an animal or an idea. It enables the reader to see the ordinary things in a new and interesting way.Example:1. The Sun puts a rainbow scarf about Rains shoulders when they go out together.
  7. 7. 2. “Q is for Quietness of Sunday Avenues When silence walks the city In her pretty velvet shoes. - Phyllis McGinley3. The sun was a chariot of fire.
  8. 8. APOSTROPHE Addresses personified objects as a real persons, the absent as if they were present, the dead as if they are alive.Examples:1. Ah, Liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name.2. Rizal, see the fair hope of the fatherland.3. “Farewell my beloved Philippines, the sorrow of my sorrows.”
  9. 9. ALLUSION Is a reference in a work of literature to another work of literature, or to a well known person, place or event outside literature1. Mythological Allusion: Jonathan is the Adonis of his class2. Literary Allusion Political Pied Pipers try everything.
  10. 10. 3. Historical Allusion Some call Marcos a modern day Hitler.4. Biblical Allusion I took my power in my hand And went against the world; Twas not as much as David had, But I was twice as bold.
  11. 11. HYPERBOLE Is a figure of speech that exaggerates an idea so vividly that the reader has an instant picture. Examples:1. Her back is broader than Mt. Apo2. I cried a river of tears when he left me.3. “Is this the face that launched a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?” -Christopher Marlowe
  12. 12. IRONY Is the general name given to literary techniques that involve differences between appearance and reality, expectation and result, meaning and intention. Types of Irony a. Verbal Irony – words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant. In everyday speech, a verbal irony is easily recognized because of the speakers tone
  13. 13. Example: Two friends have planned to have a day of picnicking and hiking. As they step out of the door, it begins to rain. One says, “Oh great! I was hoping it would rainb. Irony of the situation- In this type of irony, an event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, the reader or the audience.Example: A penniless young couple want to buy each other special Christmas presents. The wife has her beautiful long hair cut
  14. 14. and buys a chain worthy of her husband’s prized gold pocket watch. The husband sells his watch to buy an exquisite tortoise shell combs for his wife’s beautiful long hair.c. Dramatic Irony- Here, there is a contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true.Example: “Just as the conspirators gather around Caesar to assassinate him, he asks, are
  15. 15. OXYMORON Isthe combination of two mutually contradictory words in a case where the contradiction is apparent only, the two ideas being realized.Example: 1. James Bond is a well known Secret Agent. 2. Parting is such a sweet sorrow.
  16. 16. PARADOX Isseemingly contradictory but true statement.Example:1. More haste, less speed. 2. Attack is the best form of defense. 3. We are our own parents.
  17. 17. ALLITERATION Is the repetition of a consonant sounds. It is an important tool for the poets. It gives musical quality and rhythm to a poem.1. There once was a witch of Willowby Wood, And weird wild witch was she. – Rowena Bennett
  18. 18. ASSONANCE Refers to the recurrence in words that are close together, of the same vowel sound.1. What a world of merriment their melody foretells.2. No bubble, no trouble.3. Double, double, toil and trouble Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
  19. 19. METONYMY Is the substitution of one noun for another which it suggests. It is based on association (e.g the author for his works, the source for the product, the cause for the effect)1. We watched Spielberg today. (director for his work)2. Malacañang declared suspension of classes.
  20. 20. SYNECDOCHEA type of metonymy in which a significant part is used to represent the whole.1. It’s useless to preach to empty stomachs.2. Give us this day our daily bread.3. A sail rose out of the sea.4. Life is hard when you have eight hungry mouths to feed.
  21. 21. Identify the figures of speech used in the following sentence.1. “O liberty, liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name?2. A stick-thin old man with white hair was looking a them.3. Winter sat tight on, our shoulder blades.4. Spare the rod and spoil the child.5. Character is a diamond that scratches every item.6. We study Shakespeare today.7. Ambition, you have been a cruel master.
  22. 22. 8. If I were Circe, I would change my enemies into swine.9. Bang-Whang-Whang goes the drum, tootle-te-tootle the fife, oh a day in the city-square there is no such pleasure in life. - Robert Browning10. Her cheeks are like the petals of a rose.11. I wandered lonely as a cloud.12. In the company of the playful sea, the wind sings and blows all day.13. How good of you to refuse to help us.

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