is a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness. Review these types of figurative language to use them more effectively in your prose.
Similes function much as metaphors do, but using "like" or "as." Find more examples from literature of this form of figurative language here
If you've ever called a businessman a "suit," called someone's car a "set of wheels," or referred to a "hired hand," you've used synecdoche, or figurative language that stands for someone or something else.
Anytime you exaggerate or overstate a situation, you're employing hyperbole. Read an example from a writer who used this type of figure of speech to produce a lively and comic effect.
From Shakespeare to knock-knock jokes, our literature depends heavily on this figure of speech, which Samuel Johnson called the lowest form of humor. Do you agree? Some punny examples will help you decide.
What does an "Ode to a Grecian Urn" have in common with Because of Winn-Dixie
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