A-Z: General definitions
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- a Calvary
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A-Z: General definitions: Imagery
DefinitionFigure of speech in which a person or object or happening is described in terms of some other person, object or action, either by saying X is Y (metaphor); or X is like Y (simile). In each case, X is the original, Y is the image.
In literature, words are used in a non-literal sense much of the time, to make the language striking and persuasive. Sounds are also carefully arranged to have certain effects. This is all figurative language.
An image or form of comparison where one thing is said actually to be another - e.g. 'fleecy clouds'.
An image where one thing is said to be 'as' or 'like' another: e.g. 'He jumped up like a jack-in-the-box'.
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