Figurative language is the use of language and words in an unusual or imaginative way. There are various types figurative language, but today we will review two of them: similes and metaphors.
When you want to explain something to another person it often is useful to compare it to something else that the person might be familiar with. This helps the person visualize it and relate it to something they already know.
I want you to imagine a lynx. How many of you are having trouble imagining a lynx? What if I told you that a lynx is like a medium sized wild cat? Does that help you imagine a lynx?
That’s exactly what similes and metaphors do. They compare something in a way that it makes it easier to visualize and understand.