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Figurative Language in Literature - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help you study how figurative language is used in literature, and includes definitions and examples of metaphor, irony, satire and other literary devices. In addition, our professional instructors explain and illustrate imagery, hyperbole and symbolism in literature.
By the end of the chapter, you will be able to:
- Define and give examples of metaphor
- List different types of literary irony
- Describe ways to interpret figurative language
- Define imagery and symbolism and give examples of their use
- Explain and give examples of hyperbole or exaggeration
- Detail the use of literal language
- Recognize an extended metaphor in a literary text
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1. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.
2. Literal Language: Definition & Examples
Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.
3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
4. What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define extended metaphor and explain why an author may use it. We will then look at several different examples of extended metaphor used in poetry, including in Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope Is the Thing With Feathers'.
5. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
6. Hyperbole in Literature: Definition & Examples
Hyperbole, or exaggeration used to make a point, is a common and colorful technique in literature. Learn more through a comprehensive definition and multiple examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
7. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
8. Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples
Satire is a literary device used to create change through the use of sarcasm, humor and ridicule. Learn more about different types of satire, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
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