Figures of Speech

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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