List of Figures of Speech
The use of figures of speech in the language reveals the plasticity, and adds beauty and meaning to the language. Given here is a figures of speech list, which are easy to learn.
Adjunction: Adjunction refers to a clause or a phrase, usually a verb, that is added at the beginning of a sentence. Here are a few examples of adjunction;
- Sings the bird as we walk on by.
- Good it is that fights the master with his dark lord,
- I feel like a dog today. I rolled out of my basket and munched on some biscuit-like cereal. Scratching as I got on the train, I sniffed a passing female. Aruooo!! Down boy! - Animal Farm, George Orwell
- By this I perceive thou art one of my subjects; for all that country is mine, and I am the Prince and God of it. How is it then that thou hast run away from thy King? - The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
- I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet. - Acquainted with the Night, Robert Frost
- Those tidal thoroughbreds that tango through the turquoise tide. - Dancing Dolphins, Paul McCann
- I doubt if Phaethon feared more - that time
he dropped the sun-reins of his father's chariot
and burned the streak of sky we see today -
or if poor Icarus did - feeling his sides
unfeathering as the wax began to melt,
his father shouting: "Wrong, your course is wrong - Inferno, Dante
- This responsibility is too much for me. I feel as though I have an albatross around my neck. - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. - A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- If, as our dreaming Platonists report,
There could be spirits of a middle sort,
Too black for heav'n, and yet too white for hell,
Who just dropp'd halfway down, nor lower fell. - The Hind and the Panther, John Dryden
- O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? - Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
- O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! / Thou art the ruins of the noblest man / That ever lived in the tide of times. - Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare.
- Love creates happiness, happiness creates joy, joy creates enlightenment.
- We'll collect pennies in tens, hundreds and millions! Power starts small, becomes significant then becomes unstoppable.
- Differently abled instead of disabled.
- Put to sleep instead of euthanasia
- The whole world was staring at me.
- It is going to take a zillion years to get through medical school.
- My backpack weighs a ton.
- "Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink." (Situational Irony) - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, S. T. Coleridge
- The boy is so intelligent that he failed in all the subjects. (Verbal Irony)
- He was a lion in the battlefield.
- He is the apple of my eye.
- The suits on Wall Street walked off with most of our savings. (Suits referring to bankers).
- The White House asked the television networks for air time on Monday night. (Here air time refers to broadcasting).
- The buzzing of bees.
- The whirring of the washing machine.
- Clearly misunderstood
- Exact estimation
- The haughty lion surveyed his realm.
- My car was happy to be washed.
- O my love is like a red, red rose.
- Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
- The city posted a sign, where 'the city' refers to the government.
- The gray beard refers to an old man.