Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Figure of Speech ~ Description

The pen is mightier than the sword.

I'm working on a short story so today I'm reading:
How to Write Short Stories
by Sharon Sorenson

It's a great to the point book. Right now the chapter on description and figures of speech has captured my attention.

A figure of speech is a change from the ordinary manner of expression, using words in other than their literal sense to enhance the way a thought is expressed.

hyperbole: An exaggeration of a statement not meant to be taken literally
ie:"He's been teaching that class for a hundred years."

metaphor: Stating one entity is another for the purpose of comparing them in quality; implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common
ie: •"Men's words are bullets, that their enemies take up and make use of against them." (George Savile, Maxims of State)

alliteration: A series of words that begin with the same letter or sound alike, repetition of a beginning sound in two or more words of a phrase
ie:world wide web

simile: A comparison between two things using like or as
ie: poor as dirt

There are many more these are just a few examples to help with description.

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Clarissa Draper said...

That's really cool. I often wonder what these mean.

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