There are seven categories of figurative language:
- Imagery ~ appeals to the senses; the descriptions can be about living things or inanimate objects.
- Simile ~ compares two things using the words "like" and "as". Examples include, "busy as a bee", "they fought like cats and dogs".
- Metaphor ~ implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. ""Life is a zoo in a jungle."
- Alliteration ~ it is a repetition of the first consonant sounds in several words. "wide-eyed and wondering while we wait for others to waken".
- Personification ~ gives human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, or ideas. "the sun greeted me this morning".
- Onomatopoeia ~ use of words that sound like their meaning, or mimic sounds. "the burning wood hissed and cracked".
- Hyperbole ~ an exaggeration emphasizes a point, and can be ridiculous or funny. "you snore like a freight train".
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