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 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...

The figurative language of Amy Krouse Rosenthal…

The figurative language of Amy Krouse Rosenthal…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about personification from Amy Krouse Rosenthal… Amy Krouse Rosenthal, an American children’s book author, memoi Read more...

The figurative language of Gary Shteyngart…

The figurative language of Gary Shteyngart…
Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about the metaphorical language of Gary Shteyngart… Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and moved to t Read more...

The figurative (and funny) language of Anthony Lane…

The figurative (and funny) language of Anthony Lane…
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 amusing metaphors from Anthony Lane… I read The New Yorker magazine every week and, from time to time Read more...

The figurative language of Erin Gloria Ryan

The figurative language of Erin Gloria Ryan
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 Erin Gloria Ryan… The former Managing Editor of Jezebel and former Deputy Editor for Vocat Read more...

The figurative language of Francis Spufford

The figurative language of Francis Spufford
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 Francis Spufford… Francis Spufford is an English writer, primarily of non-fiction, and a tea Read more...

The figurative language of Brit Bennett…

The figurative language of Brit Bennett…
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 American author Brit Bennett… Brit Bennett (pictured above) was born and raised i Read more...

The figurative language of Hana Yanagihara…

The figurative language of Hana Yanagihara…
Reading time: About 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from Hana Yanagihara… There is nothing “little” about the book A little Lif Read more...

The figurative language of Paul Theroux…

The figurative language of Paul Theroux…
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 Paul Theroux… I have not read a great deal of Paul Theroux. When younger, I dev Read more...

The figurative language of Colson Whitehead…

The figurative language of Colson Whitehead…
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 Colson Whitehead… I had heard many laudatory reviews of the novel Read more...