Resource: Figurative Language

This page contains resources on figurative language. (Note: The page will be updated as more resources on figurative language are added to the site.)

Figurative language is a broad term used for figure of speech (example: metaphor, simile, irony, allusion, hyperbole, idiom, and personification) and devices of sound and imagery (example: onomatopoeia, alliteration, consonance, and assonance). It brings color and imagery to writing – and even speaking – adding style and enhancing comprehension. Learn what is figurative language:

You can deep-dive into these eight figurative languages.

1. Metaphor

Learn what are explicit and implied metaphors, how to write them step-by-step, and how to avoid common mistakes:

See more than hundred examples of explicit and implied metaphors:

See several examples of metaphors for kids and beginners, with easy explanation:

2. Simile

Learn five types of similes, how to write them step-by-step, and how to avoid common mistakes:

See more than hundred examples of five types of similes:

See several examples of similes for kids and beginners, categorized into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels:

People often confuse between metaphor, simile, and analogy. This resource should clear the confusion:

3. Personification

Learn how personification can make your writing better, how to write personification step-by-step, and how to avoid common mistakes:

Learn how to write multiple personifications on a topic (that’s what we’ve to do in real pieces of writing) by going through 150+ examples categorized under 25+ topics:

4. Alliteration

Learn how to write alliterations through a step-by-step process and how to avoid common mistakes:

Learn how to write multiple alliterations on a topic (that’s what we’ve to do in real pieces of writing) by going through several examples categorized under 7 topics:

5. Hyperbole

Learn how to write hyperboles, and how to avoid common mistakes.

See more than hundred examples categorized under three levels of difficulty:

6. Onomatopoeia

Learn how onomatopoeia can make your writing better, how to write onomatopoeia, and how to avoid common mistakes:

See more than hundred examples of onomatopoeia (with meaning and example sentences) divided into categories and sub-categories for ease of navigation:

7. Parallelism

Learn five different ways of writing parallel sentences and how to correct faulty parallelism:

See several examples of parallelism, many of them taken from different publications and popular sayings to give you real-world flavor:

8. Idiom

Learn everything about idioms:

Proverb

Even though proverb is not categorized as figurative language, it finds place here because it is sometimes used figuratively (example: Early bird catches the worm).

Exercises on figurative language

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