Aesop's Fables, Retold

 
 
 
 
 Examples of Figures of Speech
 
Figure of Speech  Definition                Examples................................................
 Simile

A  comparison using like or as. It usually compares two dissimilar objects.

They were as alike as two peas in a pod.

He was as big as a bus.

She is as dead as a doornail.

The speech was as dry as dust.

She dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat.

She has a voice like a baritone sax coming from an oil drum.

 Metaphor

States that one thing is something else. It is a comparison, but it does NOT use like or as to make the comparison.

She had a heart of stone.

All the world's a stage.

She is my East and my West, my compass.

His
home was a prison.

Time is the thief you cannot banish.

Time is money.

 Hyperbole An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally.  These books weigh a ton.

I could sleep for a year

I am so hungry I could eat a horse.

I'm doing a million things right now.

I waited centuries for you.

I was so embarrassed, I thought I might die.
  Personification  When you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human, or isn't even alive. The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.

My computer throws a fit every time I try to use it.

The flowers waltzed in the gentle breeze.

At precisely 6:30 am my alarm clock sprang to life.

The popcorn leapt out of the bowl.

The blizzard swallowed the town.
  Allusion

  A brief reference to a person, place or event, or to another literary work or passage.

 

 

The lady who feeds the homeless everyday is a regular Mother Theresa.

The family of three sat there like the three bears eating their porridge.

David was a scrooge, he never paid for lunch.

He can craft a sentence better than Shakespeare.

Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her time.

I am afraid of spiders, but I'm no cowardly lion.

 as reliable as Benedict Arnold

as persistent as Obama on health care

as mouthy as Howard Stern.

  Onomatopoeia   The use of words which sound like the noise they refer to.  The fire crackled as it kept us warm from the fireplace.

Dave whooshed down the hill

With the click of a mouse I can open another window on my computer.

The fireworks at the parade made a loud boom!

The cymbals gave a clink and a clang as we marched with the band.

 

 
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