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What is another name for figurative language?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    yes i can help you.Figurative Language

    Figurative language uses "figures of speech" - a way of saying something other than the literal meaning of the words. For example, "All the world's a stage" Frost often referred to them simply as "figures." Frost said, "Every poem I write is figurative in two senses. It will have figures in it, of course; but it's also a figure in itself - a figure for something, and it's made so that you can get more than one figure out of it." Cook Voices p235

    Metaphor A figure of speech in which a comparison is made between two things essentially unalike. To Frost, metaphor is really what poetry is all about. He is notably a poet of metaphors more than anything else. This is so important, we should hear directly from the poet. Frost said," Poetry begins in trivial metaphors, pretty metaphors, 'grace metaphors,' and goes on to the profoundest thinking that we have. Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another. People say, 'Why don't you say what you mean?' We never do that, do we, being all of us too much poets. We like to talk in parables and in hints and in indirections - whether from diffidence or from some other instinct". ... Excerpt from an essay entitled "Education by Poetry" by Robert Frost.


    The Silken Tent. A woman is admired for her strength and beauty, like a silken tent. Note the strength of the silk and cedar.

    Putting in the Seed. The planting of seed in the garden, in springtime is like making love.

    Devotion. The passive but ever-changing shore and the persistent energetic ocean are like a devoted couple.

    To Earthward. The stages of love are like stepping stones to death.

    All Revelation. A view of a geode crystal is like the mind probing the universe. (Go back to Table)

    Simile A figure of speech in which a comparison is expressed by the specific use of a word or phrase such as: like, as, than, seems or Frost's favorite "as if,"


    Mending Wall: like an old-stone savage armed

    Stars: like some snow-white/ Minerva's snow-white marble eyes

    Going for Water: We ran as if to meet the moon ---- we paused / like gnomes

    Birches: Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair

    Hyla Brook: Like ghost of sleigh bells (Table)

    Symbol A thing (could be an object, person, situation or action) which stands for something else more abstract. For example our flag is the symbol of our country. The use of symbols in Frost's poetry is less obvious. Frost was not known as a Symbolist. Actually, the Symbolists were a late 19th century movement reacting against realism. Frost rebelled against this movement and preferred to use metaphors. There are certain signature images that become symbols when we look at Frost's complete work. Flowers, stars, dark woods and spring (the water kind) are consistent symbols in Frost's poetry and should be noted here. As with many other poetic devices, Frost had his own way of keeping the rule and breaking the rule. Cook Dimensions p197

    Frost said, "If my poetry has to have a name, I'd prefer to call it Emblemism," not "Symbolism," which is all too likely to clog up and kill a poem." Burnshaw p283


    The Road Not Taken: the forked road represents choices in life. The road in this poem is a text book example of a symbol.

    Rose Pogonias: Early in Frost's poetry, flowers become a symbol for the beloved, his wife Elinor.

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: even though there is no one overt symbol in the poem, the entire journey can represent life's journey. "Dark woods" also become a powerful recurring symbol in Frost.

    The Pasture and Directive. Spring (as in water spring) is very meaningful in Frost's poetry. Spring represents origin or source, almost in a Proustian sense. Other variations include "brook" Hyla Brook and West-Running Brook. Water often deals with an emotional state.

    Come In: "But no, I was out for stars." The star is one of the chief symbolic images in Frost's poetry. (Table)

    Personification A type of metaphor in which distinct human qualities, e.g., honesty, emotion, volition, etc., are attributed to an animal, object or idea.


    My November Guest: the guest is Sorrow, personified as a woman dearly loved who walks with him.

    Mowing: the scythe whispers

    Range-Finding: the spider sullenly withdraws

    Tree at my Window: the tree watches him sleep; it has tongues talking aloud

    Storm Fear: the wind works and whispers, the cold creeps, the whole storm is personified (Table)

    Apostrophe A figure of speech in which someone absent or dead OR something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present.


    Take Something Like a Star: the poem begins, "O Star," He addresses the star throughout the poem.

    Tree at my Window: He addresses the tree throughout: "Tree at my window, window tree."

    Mending Wall: speaking to the stones that make up the barrier, he says, "Stay where

  • 1 decade ago

    language devices.

  • 1 decade ago

    not sure if this is what you are asking for...but hopefully it is.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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    1 decade ago

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