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. The Synecdoche is one of them.
Synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a portion is used to represent the whole.
- The family has many mouths to feed. (The word ‘mouth‘ represents members of the family.)
- Two heads are better than one. (The word ‘heads‘ represents people.)
“Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how to hold”
—John Milton, Lycidas
“You run about, my little Maid,
Your limbs they are alive”
—William Wordsworth, We are Seven
“The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.”
— P. B. Shelly, Ozymandias
“The western wave was all a-flame.”
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
“I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.”
—T. S. Elliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock