Spice Up Your Writing, Figures of Speech, An Introduction

Use figures of speech in our writing, but don’t overdo them lest they conceal the story from readers.

Definition

A figure of speech is a literary device that enhances our writing but is not to be taken literally. It can be used to create a special effect, create emotion and make our writing more visual.

Figures of Speech, A List

Metaphor

Simile

Personification

Alliteration/Assonance

Onomatopoeia

Hyperbole

Euphemism

Anaphora

Litotes

Although there are other figures of speech, we’ll study the ones I listed above in future posts.

Next week: Metaphors and Similes

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