Figures of Speech are used commonly in English, but mainly in poems. Here are the figures of speech with a test below (more will be added over time).

Phonic Devices

  • Alliteration
    • Repetition of consonant sound
      • In cricket Connor corrupted Campbell 
  • Onomatopoeia
    • A word that imitates real life sounds
      • Shwoosh, bang, pop
  • Assonance
    • Repetition of a vowel sound
      • Ethan eats everything


  • Simile
    • A comparison using like or as
      • He is as strong as a truck
  • Metaphor
    • A comparison without the use of like or as
      • He is a truck
  • Personification
    • Giving inanimate object human characteristics
      • The wind howled during the storm
  • Euphemism
    • To make something seem better than it really is
      • He passed away instead of he died
  • Hyperbole
    • An over exaggeration
      • He throws the ball at the speed of light
  • Irony
    • When the opposite of what you expect happens
      • He died in the living room
  • Pun
    • A play on words
      • I bet the butcher the other day that he couldn’t reach the meat that was on the top shelf. He refused to take the bet, saying that the steaks were too high.
  • Oxymoron 
    • Placing two opposite meaning words next to each other 
      • He is an awfully good batsman

Here is a tool which you can use to study the figures of speech