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Hello! I need some assistance locating some resources for my W270 class.

Following is what my instructor is looking for. I have ZERO clue as to how to go about locating this anywhere, no idea on how to even begin to try to find anything like this - total brain freeze!! "Find and identify about six sample uses of figurative language in popular writing (print or online) and discuss how the use of figurative language improves the writing."
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To do this assignment make sure you understand what figurative language is and what is considered popular writing.

Figurative language is when you describe something by comparing it to something else.  Ex. "The strong man had arms thicker than normal men's legs."  There are similes which compare two things using "like" or "as".  Ex. "cold as snow"; a metaphor makes a comparision by stating a fact. Ex. "You are what you eat."; more definitions of different types of figurative language including alliteration, onomatopeoia, personification, hyperbole, and idioms, and their examples can be found on this website.

Popular writing is anything written for a general audience in language that most readers can understand.  Magazines, novels, blogs, and popular newspapers are considered popular writing.

For example I have chosen this sentence from an article from National Geographic (a popular magazine) about the Mars Rover.

"If the launch goes smoothly, the rover will be the first NASA craft to land on another planet using an innovative design dubbed the sky crane, which will lower the rover to the surface on cables in a similar fashion to a helicopter lowering a payload."

The figurative language used here compares the new Mars rover landing technology to the way a helicopter lowers a load.

If you have any novels or magazines or newspapers handy read a few articles to find usage of figurative language.  You can also browse your favorite news sites or blogs for examples of figurative writing.

I hope this helps.

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