Literary Tropes are also known as figurative language. Figurative language can be best described as using words to convey more than just the literal meaning. Some examples of this are hyperbole, understatement, simile, metaphor, and personification. Hyperbole is overstatement for effect. Understatement is the opposite of hyperbole: that is, it is describing something as less than it is, for effect. A simile is a figurative expression similar to a metaphor, though it requires the use of a distancing word like like or as. In a metaphor, there is no such distinction, even though one may safely assume that the author is aware of it. Personification is the description of the nonhuman as if it were human. Literally, the word means the process of making something into a person.
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