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Figurative Language


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Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else, you are using figurative language. This is a presentation about figurative language. Hope you enjoy it.

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Figurative Language

  1. 1. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGEBY: MIRLA MOJICA M., M.A<br /> 2010<br />
  2. 2. WHAT IS FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE?<br /> Figurative language is the language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. <br /> When a writer uses literal language, he or she is simply stating the facts as they are.<br />
  3. 3. Figurative language, in comparison, uses exaggerations or alterations to make a particular linguistic point.<br /> Figurative language is very common in poetry, but is also used in prose and nonfiction writing as well.<br />There are many types of figurative language<br />
  4. 4. SIMILE<br />A simile is a comparison that often uses the words likeor as <br />Example: <br /> “Nancy runs as fast as the wind.”<br />
  5. 5. METAPHOR<br />A metaphor is a comparison made between things which are essentially not alike. It is similar to a simile, but does not use like or as. <br />EXAMPLE:<br />“I am a rainbow.”<br />
  6. 6. PERSONIFICATION<br />When something that is not human is given human-like qualities, this is known as personification.<br />EXAMPLE.<br />“ She did not realize that opportunity was knocking at her door”.<br />
  7. 7. HYPERBOLE<br />Exaggerating, often in a humorous way, to make a particular point .<br />EXAMPLE:<br />“I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse right now”. <br />
  8. 8. ONOMATOPOEIA<br />When you name an action by imitating the sound associated with it, this is known as onomatopoeia.<br />EXAMPLE:<br />"Bang! went the pistol,Crash! went the windowOuch! went the son of a gun.<br />