What is meant by figurative language?

Expert Answers
thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The term "figural language" means using figures of speech and figures of thought as stylistic devices to make your writing more interesting. There are many different types of figures of speech. One important group is based on sound, i.e. making your writing interesting by using rhythms and repeated sounds in a highly patterned manner, such as alliteration (repetition of initial consonants, as in "the sessions of sweet silent thought"), assonance (repeated vowel sounds). Figures of thought include those of implicit comparison, or metaphor (e.g. "when age snows white hairs on thee") or explicit comparison, or simile ("My love is like a red, red rose").

dipsie637 | Student

whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else.......you are using fighurative language

Examples- a similie (as busy as a bee)

               a metaphor that states a fact or draws a verbal picture by means of comparison (You are what you eat)

               personification in which a human characteristic is given to an animal or object ( my teddy bear gave me a hug)

               idioms which are phrases having peculiar meanings grammatically or in its meaning (don't count your chickens until they hatch)/..............i hope it helped you.........



Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question