Figures of speech are literary devices which are used to convey ideas that go beyond their literal meaning.
In English, there are more than 200 different types of figures of speech. Hyperbole is one of them.
Hyperbole is a figure of speech where a statement is overstated for a dramatic effect. Hyperbole is sometimes referred to as an overstatement.
- She has been warned thousands of times before. (A dramatic is added to the sentence by exaggerating the number of times she has been warned.)
- Her awful singing voice made my ears bleed. (By saying ‘my ears bleed‘, the speaker aims to dramatically highlight the fact that the person concerned had an awful voice.)
Following are some famous examples of Hyperbole:
“I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you / Till China and Africa meet, / And the river jumps over the mountain / And the salmon sing in the street.”
—W.H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening
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