Let’s try this again…

I could have titled this post “Sometimes, he gets so fed up at stupidity that he draws a diagram,” but that’s too long and awkward.

Alliteration is not figurative language. Alliteration is a literary device, and figurative language is a subcategory of literary devices, but that does not mean alliteration is figurative language.

Here, have a Venn diagram:

venn-figurative

Sarcasm is figurative. Hyperbole, simile, and metaphor are figurative.  Repeating certain sounds in a string of words… Not figurative. (Repetition of words is also a literary device, but — you guessed it — not figurative.)

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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