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Figurative Language

Figurative Language

Description:

Our objective for this unit:

Be able to identify and describe the following types of figurative language: metaphors, similes, hyperboles, personification.

Be able to analyze how figurative language helps an author enhance a reader's experience.

Be able to use figurative language in our own writing.

Figurative language is used to create a special effect or feeling. It is characterized by 
figures of speech—language that compares, exaggerates, or means something other than 
what it first appears to mean.


A figure of speech is a literary device used to create a special effect or feeling by making 
some type of interesting or creative comparison. The four most common are simile, 
metaphor, personification, and hyperbole.

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Tutorial

Personification, Simile, Metaphor

Katy Perry's "Firework" contains multiple examples of figurative language.

Figurative Language explained

Definitions for the different types of figurative language

Source: jc-schools.net/writeaway/figurative-lang-overview.ppt