Join us for a day of crafting and play-acting with FIGURES of SPEECH. Through games like Charades and creating Secret Art Pictures, we will bring these fun phrases and important parts of our literary world to life. Figurative language uses words to “paint pictures in our mind,” instead of describing exactly what it is. Many poems use figurative language to convey feelings and experiences that precise descriptions could not express. And they are fun!
We owe William Shakespeare a debt of gratitude for many of the figures of speech that we use today. The word “EYEBALL” never existed until he put “eye” and “ball” together. We will try to create our own new words, similes, metaphors and idioms like Shakespeare!
We will laugh and dance as I read from Similes & Metaphors by Ann Heirichs illustrated by Dan McGeehan and David Moore. We will also be celebrating Mia & Bella’s B-days with desserts brought by their Moms.
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I am only presenting three figures of speech: simile, metaphor and idioms. For anyone who wants more figurative language use click here for an extensive listing of figures of speech within the English language. Other books or sites I perused in preparation for this parkday… Figures of Speech: 60 ways to turn a phrase by Arthur Quinn; Essay on Man & Other Poems by Alexander Hope (the 3rd most quoted person in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson); Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; Common idioms from the King James Bible and the list keeps growing. And I must not forget the Radiolab podcast, Words that Changed the World, totally worth the listen, even though the Shakespeare aficionado, James Shapiro doesn’t occur until over halfway through. Shapiro is the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?