Hyperbole


Definition of Hyperbole:
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.



Example of Hyperbole #1:

From:
Departed Statesmen, By James McIntyre


Joseph Howe, none higher stood than thou,
Thou wert a man with lofty brow;
D'Arcy McGee, so brilliant and free,
From green isle you came o'er the sea.

George Cartier to the French ever dear,
So high you stood without a peer;
John Sandfield for long you did build
Power under economy's shield.



Example of Hyperbole #2:

Singers, By Unknown


She smiles, my darling smiles, and all
The world is filled with light;
She laughs - 'tis like the bird's sweet call,
In meadows fair and bright.
She weeps - the world is cold and gray,
Rain-clouds shut out the view;
She sings - I softly steal away
And wait till she gets through.




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Hyperbole poetry:
  • Definition of hyperbole
  • Examples of hyperbole
  • Examples of authors using hyperbole
  • Explanation of how hyperbole is used




Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as hyperbole helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of hyperbole, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices such as hyperbole.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Figurative Language