A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike.
Example: busy as a bee
The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison.
A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.
Example: You are a shining star.
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object.
Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.
The repetition of the same initial consonant, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words.
Alliteration includes tongue twisters. Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.
The repetition of a vowel sound in multiple words in a row.
Example: The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.
The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object or an action.
Example: snap crackle pop
An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. Tall tales are hyperboles.
Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.
An unexpected twist or contrast. Something totally unexpected happens.
Example: The robbers were caught breaking into the jail.
An object that represents or stands for something other than itself.
Example: The American Flag represents the freedom we enjoy.
A phrase or expression that means something completely different from its literal use.
Example: I heard the old man is about to kick the bucket.