Figurative language

I know I risk sounding like an English teacher when I use the words “figurative language.” The phrase may sound frightening but figurative language will make your writing more interesting evocative and memorable. And who doesn’t want that –even in non-fiction? Here are some examples of figurative language:

• allusion
• hyperbole
• metaphor
• oxymoron
• personification
• paradox
• simile

I read widely and follow many forms of media, keeping my eyes and ears attuned to figurative language so I can share a piece of it with you each week.

The figurative language of Katherena Vermette…

The figurative language of Katherena Vermette…
Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors, similes and images of personification from Katherena Vermette…. Katherena Vermette Read more...

The figurative language of Alex Ross…

The figurative language of Alex Ross…
Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about some fine work by music writer and cultural critic Alex Ross…. I was a 16-year-old when I went to my first Read more...

The figurative language of Emily Nussbaum…

The figurative language of Emily Nussbaum…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about some personification from New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum… I haven’t yet seen the much-lauded TV ad Read more...

The figurative language of Barbara Gowdy

The figurative language of Barbara Gowdy
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about two similes and a metaphor from novelist Barbara Gowdy… I had heard the name of Canadian novelist and shor Read more...

The figurative language of Helen Ellis….

The figurative language of Helen Ellis….
Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of very funny images from Helen Ellis…. I read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kon Read more...

The figurative language of Jason Horowitz…

The figurative language of Jason Horowitz…
Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors and similes from Jason Horowitz… I first visited Rome in 2015 and — like many touris Read more...

The figurative language of Siddhartha Mukherjee…

The figurative language of Siddhartha Mukherjee…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Siddhartha Mukherjee… I have a particular admiration for people who Read more...

The figurative language of David Bergen…

The figurative language of David Bergen…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from David Bergen… I had searched for the book The Case of Lena S. by Da Read more...

The figurative language of Rebecca Kauffman…

The figurative language of Rebecca Kauffman…
Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes from Rebecca Kauffman… I love it when I book I pull randomly from a library shelf, wri Read more...

The figurative language of Kurt Palka

The figurative language of Kurt Palka
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a simile from Kurt Palka… I had high hopes for the novel The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka (pictured above). B Read more...