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 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...

The figurative language of Joyce Carol Oates

The figurative language of Joyce Carol Oates
Reading time: Less than 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about figurative language from Joyce Carol Oates… I generally consider myself pretty well-read, in part because Read more...

The figurative language of Elif Batuman…

The figurative language of Elif Batuman…
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 American writer Elif Batuman… Elif Batuman (pictured above) was born in New Yo Read more...

What does ‘effulgent’ mean?

What does ‘effulgent’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: effulgent… I can no longer remember how I discovered the heartbreaking Read more...

The figurative language of time…

The figurative language of time…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about metaphors relating to time… I just about gave up on the podcast S-Town, produced by the same team who brin Read more...

The figurative language of Claire Fuller…

The figurative language of Claire Fuller…
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 and metaphors from British writer Claire Fuller… I recently finished the exquisitely Read more...

The figurative language of Nell Stevens…

The figurative language of Nell Stevens…
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 and metaphors from Nell Stevens… One of my favourite books so far this year has been Read more...

The figurative language of Rose Tremain…

The figurative language of Rose Tremain…
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 Rose Tremain… I hadn’t read anything by British author Rose T Read more...