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Figurative Language

Writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literallyFigurative Language

IdiomEX. Its raining cats and dogs.

You are driving me up a wall.An exaggeration that, taken literally, means something else.

ImageryEX. The sparkling snowflakes floated silently down from the heavens to rest on everything creating a crisp blanket of glistening white.

Descriptive language. Five senses. Create vivid mental pictures.

MetaphorEX. The mother was a lioness protecting her children.Jimmy is a pig, his room is very messy..

Comparing two things, without using like or as.

Simile EX. Her eyes twinkle like stars.He was as tall as a giraffe.A comparison between two things using the words like or as.

OnomatopoeiaEX. Buzz*Ex. Tick TockEx. WhooshEx. BoomEx. Splash

A word that describes a sound.

Personification EX. The wind whistled. Ex. The tree danced in the wind.

Giving human qualities to non-human things

HyperboleEX. Its taking forever!Ex. I called you a million times last night.

Extreme exaggeration.

AlliterationEX. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

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