#EngClass: Figurative speech in Blue Winds Dancing

Hello, fellas! Today we are going to refresh our minds regarding figurative speech. Do you remember what figurative speech is?

Figurative speech can be found easily in any literary works. It refers to words or phrases delivered in unusual ways to create strong images, to emphasize on certain ideas, and to compare things.

In Blue Winds Dancing essay, the author himself, Thomas S. Whitecloud uses figurative speech to deliver his ideas. I found simile, metaphor, and personification in this essay. If you want to read the essay, you can google it yourself. :)

Simile is a direct comparison that uses “like, as, seem, appears” while metaphor is an implied comparison. It doesn’t use verb such as ‘like’ and ‘as’. Personification is when objects, things, or animals are given human characteristics. We have covered this topic so feel free to click this link.

Now look at this sentence “giant cacti that were petrified hitchhikers along the highways”, the author compared cacti and hitchhikers.

“Soft in the night the drums beat. It is like the pulse beat of the world.”

In the above sentence, we understand that the drum beat represents the pulse beat of the world.

This sentence ‘… a soft wind sighs through the trees’ employs personification. Another personification: ‘…birds sing their last songs before leaving.’ well I think it’s a very common personification, even in Indonesian language we often read ‘burungpun bernyanyi’.

Well, Blue Winds Dancing essay left me in awe. It caught my attention because of its imagery. And imagery makes use of figurative speech such as simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, etc. to appeal to our physical senses. Here we come to the end of this post. I hope you will find Blue Winds Dancing essay (google will help) and read.


Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @Englishtips4U on Friday, March 17, 2017



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