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    For serious poets only

    What is meant by figurative language in poetry?

    What are figures of speech?

    Find one and post it as an example on this thread with a full definition of what it is and what it does in a poem. No repeats are allowed on the thread concerning figurative language.

    Let this list grow. From A to Z. I'll start the list on behalf of everyone in the group. I'll begin with Z for zugma.

    Zugma: a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g., John and his license expired last week) or to two others of which it semantically suits only one.


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    Personification - giving human qualities to something non-human

    Examples:
    Opportunity knocks but once.
    Deadlines sneak up on you.
    Dream big, fight hard, live proud!

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    to generalise, metaphor is a figure of speech - referring to something as being the same as another thing for poetic effect.
    - so, figuratively rather than literally.

    hey, does this mean I'm now a 'serious poet'?

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    Simile: comparing two dissimilar objects to emphasize certain qualities.

    example: He was as cunning like a fox.

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    Would oxymoron come under this? If so, the best way I might describe would be "contradiction in terms" - though not necessarily literally.
    An example: The soccer team I support sometimes plays friendly (non-competitive) pre-season matches against an East London team called Millwall. Their supporters, and some of their past players, have a reputation for being thugs.
    So, I guess a "Millwall friendly" would be an oxymoron.

    I suppose that the British Secret Service, known an MI5, could also be an oxymoron if referred to as "British Intelligence".


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    no -I don't think oxymorons are figures of speech - more of a happy or ironic accident in how the word association
    might be perceived - for example, 'Millwall friendly' being opposed terms is highly subjective, I would guess.
    (I'm a Pompey fan, so I know what you mean - but that's beside the point) -
    the terms are meant to be taken literally, in the first case, so do not really qualify as figurative.

    - something clearly misunderstood in contemporary history!

    Ned

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    Are you sure an oxymoron is not classed as figurative language? Have you googled?
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    Attricion - The act or process of rubbing one thing against another. To my mind came making a good pesto for my pasta: rubbing various ingredients in a mortar until blended.

    but also
    Attricion - An imperfect sorrow for sin, not in love of God, but in fear of punishment. "He wrang his hands in attricion"

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    I don't know if this qualifies. An audible metaphor perhaps?

    onomatopoeia - a word which describes the sound it is meant to represent such as crack, boom, sizzle, wham.

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