Figurative Language

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 305
  • Published : December 5, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Top 20 of Figure of Speech
Alliteration
-When two or more words in a poem begin with the same letter or sound. "The soul selects her own society."
Anaphora
-A rhetorical term for the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses. “This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle”
Antithesis
-A rhetorical term for the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases or clauses. "Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like Sara Lee." Apostrophe
-A figure of speech in which some absent or nonexistent person or thing is addressed as if present and capable of understanding. "Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art" 
Assonance
-Identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighboring words. Poetry is among the oldest of living things.
Chiasmus
-In rhetoric, a verbal pattern (a type of antithesis) in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first with the parts reversed. Essentially the same as antimetabole. "Nice to see you, to see you, nice!"

Euphemism
-The substitution of an inoffensive term (such as "passed away") for one considered offensively explicit ("died"). Contrast with dysphemism. “You've got a prime figure. You really have, you know.”

Hyperbole
-A figure of speech (a form of irony) in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect; an extravagant statement. Adjective: hyperbolic. Contrast with understatement. It is going to take a bazillion years to get through Medical School. irony

-The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea. I have no doubt your theatrical performance will receive the praise it so richly deserves. Litotes

-A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite. She's not the brightest girl in the class. 
Metaphor
-A figure of speech in which an...
tracking img