The use of figures of speech as a literary device--a specific mode of expression in English literature

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Date: Feb. 2012
From: Language In India(Vol. 12, Issue 2)
Publisher: Madasamy S. Thirumalai
Document Type: Report
Length: 6,774 words
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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English language is versatile having excellent qualities to fascinate the readers by its beauty of narration and expression. The particular quality comes from within through its vast variety of uses. It has some distinct categories of words called figures of speech. It is a mode of expression in which words are used out of their literal meaning or ordinary use to create an effect, often where they do not have their original or literal meaning. It is also used to add beauty, intensify emotion and present a meaning familiar to reader by comparing one thing with another. As an integral part of language, figures of speech are found in oral literatures as well as in polished poetry and prose and in everyday speech. Common figures of speech include simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, irony, alliteration, onomatopoeia, pun, apostrophe, euphemism, repetition, oxymoron, imagery, allegory etc. (Ref.5)

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