What figurative language is used in ''The Fall of the House of Usher''?

Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher" is filled with figurative language, including imagery, personification, metaphor, simile, foreshadowing, alliteration, and allusion.

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Figurative language appeals to readers' senses (imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia) and/or uses words to create significant nonliteral meanings (allusions, metaphors, similes, analogies) to add depth, interest, insight, and impact to texts. Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher" is filled with figurative language. Let's look at some examples.

We find vivid imagery in the very first paragraph when we read "the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens." The sensory details and near-personification of the clouds help us picture the weather and also sets a dark tone for the story. A few lines later, the narrator uses a common but still effective simile in his description of the house: "vacant eye-like windows." He continues with a metaphor as he speaks of his state of mind. He compares his "utter depression of soul" to "the after-dream of the reveller upon opium" and the "hideous dropping off of the veil." He seems to be sinking into a state of gloom and terrifying reality as if...

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