Figurative Language Review
Metaphor - a figure of speech equating two things; comparing two things as if they are equal (without like or as)
Simile – a comparison statement using like or as
Idiom – commonly understood use of language; a saying that means something different than the words do individually
Personification - The act of giving human traits to animals or things
Onomatopoeia – The use of words to imitate sounds.
Alliteration – The occurrence of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words in a sentence.
Hyperbole – An expression that uses exaggeration.
Saying that the road was a ribbon of moonlight is a metaphor.
“The sky is like a vast blue ocean” is an example of simile.
The foreigner did not understand my idiom because they do not use that saying in his country.
The author likes to use personification in his stories, such as the story about the walking moon and talking stars.
“Crash”, “boom”, and “bang” are all examples of onomatopoeia, and appeal to a reader’s sense of hearing.
An example of alliteration is “tiny toy train”, and is used by authors to make the story or poem more interesting and enjoyable to read.
“I am so hungry I could eat a horse,” is an example of a hyperbole.