Figurative language is simply a descriptive way of writing which helps the reader to imagine a picture of the subject or scene, and to bring out the reader’s emotions and help them to relate to the words. In other words, it’s just about using different ways to make your writing interesting! There are many different ways to do this by:

making comparisons (similes and metaphors), repeating sounds (alliteration, assonance and consonance), exaggeration (hyperbole), appealing to the senses (onomatopoeia), and creating images (imagery and personification).

Many of my poems include figurative language; some will maybe only use one form, others will use lots. Therefore, all the poems listed below include some element of figurative language, but they are also then separated into ALLITERATION POEMS, PERSONIFICATION POEMS etc, according to what figurative language is included, so if you are looking for specific examples just look at the drop down menu that appears when you hover over the heading of FIGURATIVE POEMS. My poems will, of course, be duplicated in several of the categories of figurative poems if they include more than one element of figurative language. Look at the TEACHERS’ PAGE, FIGURATIVE WRITING intro to understand more about what each type of figurative language is; it’s nothing like as complicated as the words make it sound!

A Poem With Purpose

by angela on August 26, 2014

This encouragement, list poem is creatively written to include a list of metaphors……

What is a poem if no-body reads it?
What is a favour if no-body needs it?

What is a present, if no-body gives?
How painful is “sorry”, if no-one forgives?

What is a story with no-one to listen?
What is a diamond without light to glisten?

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My Homebaked Mum

by angela on March 3, 2014



Full of amusing word play, this simple Mothers’ Day performance poem is very effective with just a few basic baking props, and a child dressed in an apron.  I have provided a downloadable picture sheet containing each of the ingredients that are added to the recipe to make “My Homebaked Mum”, so that they can  be added to a mixing bowl as the poem is recited by a class or group of children. [click to continue…]


by angela on January 11, 2014

  rotherham ambassador portrait I very rarely write in free verse, but this poem felt too deep and expressive to be steered by anything but the emotions and memories as they flowed.   As a poet I do not naturally appreciate free verse but, strangely, I found it easy to structure the verses of this particular poem according to which words felt the most important to me and what details I wanted to be stressed, so I found it a goood way to learn and understand about free verse.  The poem can be used in conjunction with the poem “Introducing ……You!” as part of a workshop on the topic, for each individual to consider and write about their own influences in life. [click to continue…]

Introducing……. You!

by angela on January 11, 2014

Who Are You

This poem shares the same beginning as one of my Christian poems entitled “Who Am I?”, but “Introducing…..You!” is purpose written to make the reader think about who they are, so it makes a good introduction to a workshop on the topic. (See also “I am….”)


Today I met a stranger.  That stranger asked my name.
I introduced myself to her and then she did the same.

But does my name say anything about the person… me?
Does it tell her who I was, or am, or soon will be?  [click to continue…]

God’s Tapestry

by angela on March 10, 2013

God's Tapestry whole picture

The Tapestry of Life was started
At the dawn of time.
Within the pattern, even then,
God saved a place for mine.

 With every stitch the picture grew
While crafted from above,
And as God wove each new thread in
He blended it with love.  [click to continue…]


10 March 2013

   I found a hillside all alone and wanted to befriend it. I felt its heart was broken, and I could help to mend it.  So as it broke its silence and it began to talk, I felt it needed company, so we began to walk.  And as we walked together, our hearts and minds […]

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Mary Had a Little lamb

20 June 2012

  This is nothing more than a silly poem based on the original nursery rhyme, and using the same rhyme and rhythm pattern.     Mary had a little lamb Its fleece was dirty black

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Mary and her Little Lamb

20 June 2012

This alternative story of Mary and her little lamb includes the original simile and a new metaphor.  Other than that, is just a silly poem using the same rhyme and rhythm pattern, but telling an entirely different story with not quite the same pleasantries as the original nursery rhyme!

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The Queen of Hearts (Alternative)

19 June 2012

    This silly alternative nursery rhyme uses word play and hyperbole for a humorous effect, although it’s somewhat naughty and takes advantage of the opportunity to rhyme with hearts!  You have been warned!

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Making Sense of Rhyme and Rhythm

19 June 2012

   The following senses list poem talks about how the use of rhythm and rhyme can be important in poetry.  It includes a small amount of alliteration and assonance, as well as some personification and metaphors.

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