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 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...

The figurative language of Zoe Whittall….

The figurative language of Zoe Whittall….
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 metaphors from Zoe Whittall…. It apparently took Zoe Whittall (pictured above) some six years Read more...

The figurative language of Kim Thuy….

The figurative language of Kim Thuy….
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 Kim Thuy…. In her book that is a cross between a novel, a memoir an Read more...

The figurative language of Maria Semple…

The figurative language of Maria Semple…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about similes and metaphors from American writer Maria Semple… American novelist and screenwriter Maria Semple ( Read more...

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...