Defined in opposition to ‘literal language’
Literal language described as standard usage of language.
Direct reference to object or matters described
Expressions that describe one thing in terms of something else.
Conspicuous departure from what competent users of a language apprehend as the standard meaning or
else the standard order of words to achieve some special meaning or effect.
Indirect communication to evoke some kind of effect.
Draws on or expands the connotative meaning of words
EXAMPLE: Style is the feather in the arrow, not the feather in the cap.
Indirect view on writing
Likeness between two indirect things
Feather in the arrow=stabilizes the arrow to keep it on target.
Feather in the cap=something decorative and not functional
Style is essential to communication of meaning would be the direct way to say it. Literal.
Purpose of Figurative Language
To clarify an idea
To expand meaning
To express feelings
Types of FL