Figurative Language Examples Act 2 The Tempest

Paralell structure and Contrast Our sorrow with our comfort
Alliteration Prithee, peace
Simile He receives comfort like cold porridge
Alliteration Winding up the watch of his wit
Pun A dollar/Dolor
Repetition Ha, ha, ha
Pun Of delicate temperence, Temperence (a girl) was a delicate wench
Personification The air breaths upon us here most sweetly
Personification/pun If but one of his pockets could speak, would it not say he lies? Any, or a very falsely pocket up (conceal) his report.
Classical Allusion His word is more than the miraculous harp.He hath raised the wall, and the houses to (referring to Amphion, the son of Zeus and Antiope, who magically raised the walls of ancient Thebes with his harp)
personification I saw him beat the surges (waves) under him, and ride upon their backs
Alliteration Wave-worn basis bowed
Metaphor You rub the sore/When you should bring the plaster (a healing poltice)
Metaphor It is foul weather in us all, good sir/when you are cloudy
Paralell structure All foison (plenty), all abundance
Metaphor Sleep is a comforter
Simile They dropped as by a thunderstroke
Metaphor I am standing water
Personification Ambition cannot pierce a wink (see)
Alliteration and contrast What’s past is prologue
Irony To the perpetual wink (sleep) for aye might put
Simile They’ll take suggestions as a cat laps up milk
Irony Draw thy sword. One stroke shall free thee …. We stood securing thy repose (Sebastion and Antonio are supposed to be guarding the sleeping King and his ou chiller when in fact, they plan to murder him)
Alliteration and onomatopoeia I heard a humming
Similie Nor lead me, like a firebrand, in the dark
Similie and personification Sometimes, like apes, that chatter at me
Personification Another storm brewing, I hear it sing I’ the wind
Paralell structure The master, the swabber, the Boatswain
Alliteration Mall, Meg and Marian and Margery
Repetition Mercy, mercy
Literary allusion This is a devil… I will leave him. I have no long spoon. He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon Meaning: distance if you dine with evil.
Repetition How cam’st thou hither? … How cam’st thou hither.
Simile I can swim like a duck
Biblical allusion Kiss the Book (references the holy book meaning have a drink)
Paralell structure and literary allusion The man in the moon, and thy dog and thy bush.. (Folklore described a man on the moon as carrying sticks often from a thorn bush and he has a dog)
Paralell structure I’ll show thee the best springs, I’ll pluck thee berries, I’ll fish for thee.
Paralell structure and alliteration No fetching in firing; nor scrape in trench erring (scrape wooden dishes to clean them)
Repetition Freedom, high day! high day Freedom! Freedom high day, freedom!