Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet

Figurative Language A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words.
Imagery This is language that paints a picture by appealing to the senses. (Example: “It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear.” Act I, Scene 5)
Similes These are directly stated comparisons that use the words like or as. (Example: “Death lies on her like an untimely frost / Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.” Act IV, Scene 5)
Metaphors These are implied comparisons that do not use like or as.(Example: “It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.” Act II, Scene 2)
Personification This gives human characteristics to nonliving things.(Example: “O son, the night before thy wedding dayHath death lain with thy wife. There she lies,Flower as she was, deflowered by him.Death is my son-in-law; death is my heir.” Act IV, Scene 5)
Alliteration These are multiple words starting with the same consonant sound.(Example: “Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie . . .” Act II, line 1)
Hyperbole This is an exaggerated statement used to make a point.(Example: “My bounty is as boundless as the sea,My love as deep. The more I give to thee,The more I have, for both are infinite.” Act II, Scene 2)

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