English Literature Figurative Language

Figurative Language


Figurative language can be found in literature and poetry where the writing appeals to the senses. It can do this by giving a word with a specific meaning, by comparing two things in such a way that you find the comparison interesting or by using words that have unusual constructions or sounds.

Figurative Language Examples

Figurative language is used when you describe something by comparing it with something else. There are few different ways to use figurative language. See below for more information and examples of figurative language and how to use it. We will be discussing each of them one by one!






A figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as.

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  • busy as a bee
  • clean as a whistle
  • brave as a lion
  • stand out like a sore thumb
  • as easy as shooting fish in a barrel
  • as dry as a bone
  • as funny as a barrel of monkeys
  • they fought like cats and dogs
  • like watching grass grow



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