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01170--What is Figurative Language?




Figurative Language is used to express the intense emotions he wished to convey, Lord Byron frequently used figurative language—language that communicates meaning beyond the literal meaning of the words.  Two types of figurative language are metaphors and similes, which make a comparison between two unlike things.  A metaphor compares things directly; a simile uses the word like or as.  Another type of figurative language used to express strong emotion is the apostrophe.  With this figure of speech, an object, abstract quality, or absent or imaginary person is addressed directly, as if present and able to understand.  Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage contains an apostrophe to the ocean.  As you read, be aware of these figures of speech and consider why Byron chose to use them.  

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