Language is truly an art form. There are so many variations and intricacies available that can convey several different meanings, all of which come together to serve one main purpose: to communicate.

Figures of speech is expressing thoughts or feelings in a remarkable way that intentionally differs from the ordinary mode of speech, in order to add emotional intensity or beauty as perceived by the speaker.

Different figures of speech include:

‘Irony’ is the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. A statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.

For example: One of the identical twins says to the other, "You're ugly!" Imagery means creating not only a visual image but also portraying the sensations of touch, taste, smell, sounds and emotions in their true sense.

For example: “I was awakened by the strong smell of a freshly brewed coffee”.

Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.

For example: A ladder may stand as a symbol for a connection between the heaven and the earth.

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines incongruous or contradictory terms. The plural is oxymorons or oxymora.

For example: Dark light, deafening silence, living dead Onomatopoeia is defined as a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing, which it describes.

For example: The gushing stream flows in the forest.

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