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Figurative language makes what is literally written to be more interesting. How? Through alliteration, allusion, personification, and simile. The most common type is a metaphor.
A metaphor compares two unlike things without using “like” or “as.” The way to do this is to describe or refer to a thing as something else it resembles.
For example, a poet may refer to a person as a “stone” if they do not show emotion after a loss OR a person could be referred to as a “snake” if they are sneaky and take advantage of others.
Metaphors are powerful tools used in poetry to explain or help interpret ideas or emotions that are hard to describe.
Sometimes, a metaphor can make it easy to identify the language and symbols used in a poem. It can also help facilitate the interpretation of a piece, as is the case for some poets who use figurative language to refer to mortality.
What's one way you use metaphor?
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