Figurative Language(2)

Figurative Language: Imagery,
Simile, Metaphor, Paradox,
Personification and Hyperbole
J. Oliveira
Figurative Language
• Language used imaginatively rather than
• Contains one or more figures of speech:
simile, metaphor, personification, paradox
Imagery -A word or phrase that appeals to one
of the five senses
• Examples:
• Look around leaves are brown and the sky is a
hazy shade of winter.. Look around grass is
high, fields are ripe - Simon and Garfunkel
• I’ve got cute face, chubby waist, thick legs in
shape, rump shakin’ both ways,make you do a
double-take – Missy Elliot
• Hustlers shootin 8 ball, throwing darts at the
wall, feeling damn near 10 feet tall – Trace
Simile-Comparison between 2 unlike
things using “like” or “as”
• Examples:
• I keep her running back and forth like a
soccer team – Lil’ Wayne
• Did you stand too close to the fire; Like a
liar looking for forgiveness from a stone? –
Green Day
• You’re on my heart just like a tattoo –
Jordin Sparks
• I hear my conscience call, Saying me I
need a girl who’s as sweet as a dove- LL
Cool J
• Implied comparison between 2 unlike
things; does not use “like” or “as”
• Extended metaphor- comparison extends
throughout poem or multiple lines
• Revolutionaries wait for my head on a
silver plate; Just a puppet on a lonely
string – Coldplay
• Moving on the floor now babe you’re a bird
of paradise – Duran Duran
• Life is a highway, I wanna drive it all night
long- Rascall Flatts
• I’m a cowboy on the steel horse I ride, I’m
wanted dead or alive – Bon Jovi
Hyperbole- Exaggeration
• Examples:
• Your momma’s so big that when she
wears yellow people put on their
• I would walk 500 miles and I would walk
500 more just to be the man who 1000
miles to fall down at your door! –
• That’ll be the day when you say… That’ll
be the day when I die – Buddy Holly
Personification- Giving human characteristics
to something that is not human
• Examples:
• The flowers danced gently in the wind.
• Pulverize the Eiffel Towers, who criticize
your government – Green Day
• The sun’s on my side, take me for a ride –
Natasha Bedingfield
• The wind cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
• So bright the sun is ashamed to rise and
be in love with all these vampires – My
Chemical Romance
Paradox- A statement, an idea, or a situation
that seems contradictory but actually
expresses a truth
The more things change, the more they stay
the same.
I hate how much I love you boy; I can’t stand
how much I need you boy, but I just can’t
let you go, And I hate that I love you so! Rihanna
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