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 Jennifer Egan

The figurative language of Jennifer Egan
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 Jennifer Egan… My husband knows how much I enjoy the writing of Jennifer Egan. So Read more...

The figurative language of Gillian Best…

The figurative language of Gillian Best…
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 Gillian Best… The calendar has barely turned on the new year and, a Read more...

The figurative language of Gail Honeyman….

The figurative language of Gail Honeyman….
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 metaphors, similes and personification from Gail Honeyman…. When I heard the book title, Elea Read more...

The figurative language of Andrew Marantz…

The figurative language of Andrew Marantz…
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 metaphor from New Yorker scribe Andrew Marantz…. I like political satire as much as the next person, but Read more...

The figurative language of J. Courtney Sullivan….

The figurative language of J. Courtney Sullivan….
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 J. Courtney Sullivan… I had never heard of the American author J. Courtney Sulliv Read more...

The figurative language of Celeste Ng….

The figurative language of Celeste Ng….
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 Celeste Ng….  I was gobsmacked by Celeste Ng’s first novel, Everything I Ne Read more...

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...