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Don't get bogged down in the literal world. The figurative world is a lot more interesting because it's open to interpretation.

Guide to Figurative Language

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Becoming an expert in reading and writing requires becoming an expert in understanding and using figurative language. This study guide contains links for teachers and students of literature. These links contain insights on how to accomplish the four levels of mastering figurative language. These levels include:

  1. Knowing the definition of and individual examples of figurative language--metaphor, simile, personification, and more.
  2. Identifying examples in poems, short stories, novels, and speeches.
  3. Explaining the author's purpose in using figurative language and showing how its use contributes to the overall theme of a work.
  4. Using figurative language with a purpose in your own work.