What is a figure of speech?
Jul 9, 2016
A figure of speech is a word or phrase that has a meaning other than its literal meaning and is used generally to 'enhance' literature.
Examples of common figures of speech:
- Alliteration (words placed together in a sentence or phrase with the same consonant letter beginning)
- Hyperbole (an exaggeration of the truth)
- Irony (words used as the opposite meaning of what is usual, often for humor)
- Metaphors (comparing two things without using the words 'like' or 'as')
- Onomatopoeia (words that basically spell out sounds, ex: boom, splat)
- Personification (giving objects and ideas human actions to further describe them)
- Simile (comparing two things using 'like' or 'as')