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Hyperbole

What is hyperbole? Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a figure of speech. It is usually used to make something sound bigger, heavier, stronger, or more powerful than it actually is. What are some examples of hyperbole? Some common examples of hyperbole are: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. This backpack weighs a ton! I've got about a million things to do today. Here are a few examples of hyperbole in literature: "I was helpless. I did not know what in the world to do. I was quaking from head to foot, and could have hung my hat on my eyes they stuck out so far." Old Times on the Mississippi, Mark Twain "I had to wait in the station for ten days - an eternity." Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad I'll love you, dear, I'll love you Till China and Africa meet And the river jumps over the mountain, And the salmon sing in the street As I Walked Out One Evening, W.H. Auden

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