Figures Of Speech | Simile, Metaphor, Irony And Personification

Figures Of Speech Meanings Figures of speech serve as tools for crafting vivid imagery through the use of figurative language. They allow us to translate the essence of two or more elements into written form, effectively conveying the quantity or concept we intend to express.   Examples: Simile A simile is a figure of speech […]

Figures Of Speech

Meanings

Figures of speech serve as tools for crafting vivid imagery through the use of figurative language. They allow us to translate the essence of two or more elements into written form, effectively conveying the quantity or concept we intend to express.

 

Examples:

Simile

A simile is a figure of speech where a direct comparison is explicitly made, typically introduced by words such as “like” or “as.”

 

Examples:

(a) He sprints like a hare.

(b) Her cheeks resemble the dawn of day.

 

Metaphor

A metaphor, based on resemblance, is a figure of speech similar to a simile but doesn’t employ words like “as” or “like.” It creates mental images of events or qualities.

 

Examples:

(a) The general, a lion in the field, has witnessed numerous wars.

(b) He struggles with cricket; his fingers are like okro.

 

Personification

Personification involves attributing human qualities to animals or inanimate objects.

 

Examples:

(a) Let the floods clap their hands.

(b) Confusion heard his voice.

 

Irony

Irony is a literary device where a writer expresses a meaning contrary to what is explicitly stated or expected.

 

Examples:

(a) Charles is so brilliant that he passed only one subject out of his nine papers.

(b) Despite being an excellent keeper, he conceded ten goals in the first half of the match.

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