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 John Green

The figurative language of John Green
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 similes and metaphors from John Green…. I first heard about John Green (pictured above) about eight y Read more...

The figurative language of Pamela Paul

The figurative language of Pamela Paul
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 Pamela Paul…. When I heard about Pamela Paul’s “BOB Read more...

The figurative language of Claire Messud…

The figurative language of Claire Messud…
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 from novelist Claire Messud…. American novelist and creative writing professor Claire Read more...

The figurative language of Terry Fallis

The figurative language of Terry Fallis
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I write today about some figurative language from noted Canadian writer, and two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis…. I discovered writer Terry Fallis (pictured above) in 2009, sho Read more...

The figurative language of Jesse Green….

The figurative language of Jesse Green….
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 from New York Times writer Jesse Green…. I stopped paying attention to contemporary  Read more...

The figurative language of Katherine Heiny

The figurative language of Katherine Heiny
Reading time: Less than 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes from novelist Katherine Heiny…. I seldom read what might be described as “chick Read more...

The figurative language of Mary Norris

The figurative language of Mary Norris
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 similies and metaphors from omaopy editor Mary Norris…. The majority of people who are really Read more...

The figurative language of Robert Harris…

The figurative language of Robert Harris…
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 and metaphors from Robert Harris…. On the recommendation of a friend, I read the novel Read more...

The figurative language of Tom Perrotta….

The figurative language of Tom Perrotta….
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 novelist and screenplay writer Tom Perrotta…. Tom Perrotta (picture Read more...

The figurative language of Emma Straub

The figurative language of Emma Straub
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 Emma Straub…. I don’t normally enjoy books that might be desc Read more...