Saturday, February 23, 2008


8th Grade Reading Figurative Language
By Melissa Pham

Hiya, and welcome to my reading project! What I have here is a collection of examples of different types of figurative languages from literature such as music lyrics, books, and poems. I also have examples of the figurative languages that I made up all by myself.

I have searched endlessly for all of my examples from literature to use in here, and put in long laborious hours (not really, I just kept on getting sidetracked) looking for pictures to also put in here to make it look better (not that I minded), so please give me a good grade! :)

Since I have used song lyrics as part of my examples, I thought that it would be nice to have something to listen to while looking at my project to make it even better. So I have added a playlist of some of the songs that I used for examples. For some reason, the playlist won't show up on here so just click the launch standalone player button and a new window with the playlist should show up. And don't worry, none of the songs have anything bad in them!


A comparison of two things that have something in commen, but unlike similes, they don't use the words like, as, than, or resembles to make the comparison.

Examples From Literature:

"They were a very dark blue (his eyes)and burned with an inner fire that seemed at first cold, but then, she realized, was hot at the center, hot enough to burn."
The Naming by Alison Croggon (2002).

"Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors."
"Thunder" lyrics by Boys Like Girls from their album Boys Like Girls (2006).

My Examples:

I looked up and saw a light that seemed to outshine everything imaginable, even the sun.

You act dead in the morning.


A comparison of two things that have something in commen using the words like, as, then, or resembles.

Examples From Literature:

"Her face is closed as a nut,
closed as a careful snail
or a thousand-year-old seed."
"House Guest," a poem from The Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop (1927-1979).

"My mind wastes away and my doubts start to gather
What's the purpose
It feels worthless
So unwanted like I've lost all my value"
"More Than Useless" from Reliant K from their CD Mmhmm (2004).

My Examples:

I love you like a fat kid loves cake.

I'm quick as a ninja!


An expression whose meaning is different from what the words say.

Examples From Literature:

"Whenever I step outside, somebody claims to see the light."
"Same Direction" lyrics from Hoobastank from their album The Reason (2003).
"Sandra'll have your hide for a handbag if you don't help her pack."
From Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova written in 2005.

"The road outside my house is paved with good intentions."
"Hum Hallelujah" lyrics from Fall Out Boy's CD infinity on high (2007).

My Examples:

Fishing for love.

Easy as pie.


An exaggeration of the truth for emphasis or for humor.

Examples From Literature:

"Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away"
"In The End" lyrics from Linkin Park in their album Hybrid Theory (2000).

"I'm trapped in a world that I can't take.
Where everything's unrealistic and fake
I'm hiding out and planning my escape
I hope I'm not the only one."
"Disappear" lyrics from The Summer Obsession from their CD This is Where You Belong (2006).

"I'd melt the polar icecaps baby
And watch them flood the earth
I'd do anything to show you
What your love is worth"
"I Wanna Hold You" lyrics from McFly from their CD Just My Luck (2006).

My Examples:

I told you a million times to STOP EATING MY CHEEZ-ITS!!!

"I saw this giant bird the other day; it was huge!"
"Dude, it was a plane."


Giving human qualities to objects, ideas, or animals.

Examples From Literature:

"Because I could not stop for Death-
He kindly stopped for me-
The Carriage held but just Ourselves-
And Immortality."
"Because I could not stop for Death-" By Emily Dickinson, written in 1862 and published in 1890 in The Poems of Emily Dickinson.

"My world goes black before I feel an angel steal me from the
greedy jaws of death and chance, and pull me in with steady hands
they've given me a second chance, the artist in the ambulance"
"The Artist in the Ambulance" lyrics by Thrice from thier CD The Artist in the Ambulance (2003).

"There's a pain that sleeps inside
it sleeps with just one eye
and awakens the moment that you leave"
"Disappear" lyrics by Hoobastank from their album The Reason (2003).

My Examples:

The wind whispers like a tree in the breeze.

Moonbeams floated down and danced acrossed my skin


The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of a word.

Examples From Literature:

"The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars."
From "The Starry Night," a poem from All My Pretty Ones (1962) by Anne Sexton.

"Doubting dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;"
From "The Raven" by Edger Allen Poe; published in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror.

My Examples:

Cranky Captain Crunch can't catch catfish constantly.

Elephants eat everything edible!


A person, a place, or an object that can stand for something beyond itself.

Examples From Literature:

"...they're symbols, and each one stands for a whole series of things. Take the anchor, there. The first meaning of that is hope, because hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don't give way. the second meaning is steadfastness. The third meaning is snag, or prevention."
From The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman written in 1955.

"Fastened to one of the links of the silver bracelet was a tiny wooden carving. I held it between my fingers to look at it a little closer. It was amazing the amount of detail involved in the little figurine -the miniture wolf was utterly realistic. It was even carved out of some red-brown wood that matched the color of his skin."
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (2007).

My Examples:

My ipod let me escape from the "real" world. It made me sane. I lost my ipod. I'm slowly becoming one of the norms.
iPOD = :)
LOST iPOD = :'(

Hearts are over rated. Love means more than a small enclosed space.


Words with sounds that suggest their meaning; sound effects in a way.

Examples From Literature:

"I lauched myself at an Eraser, spinning and planting a hard, roundhouse kick in his barrel chest. His breath went oof, and the odor was just awful, like raw sewage left out in the hot sun."
From Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment written by James Patterson in 2005.

"Hmph. So you're finally awake."
From Shakugan no Shana Fight Day! by Yashichiro Takahashi (2003).

My Examples:




I hope you enjoyed it.

And now, time for some random pictures!

I want some marshmellows!

I own none of these pictures. They all belong to their repective owners: Jeff Thomas, MuSe_Of_YoUr_HeAd, Rimfrost, nbknew, mookyvet, nabhan, Mishu_Evil_Genius, Chris Rawlins, =darkened-flame, SquiddyTreat, Nocturnal_Devil, pronouncedyou, BeatsYou, F_AYN_T, KissMeAtApocalypse, Daemon107, Tiuhtilainen, Bloodinwater, justflyakite, and last but not least, my sis, Michelle Pham.