Submitted by: Bob Leslie
(Taken from the book Write Now! - by Anne Wescott Dodd – book is out of print)
Many times people exaggerate to make a point. Do you remember telling your friends that you “stayed up all night studying for the test”? Or have you heard a girl say, “When we broke up, I cried for weeks”?
Write a statement about each of the following subjects in which you exaggerate to make a point. The subject areas are broad. You may wish to narrow them down in making your statements.
Example: His heart warmed the entire world.
3. a basketball game
4. an injury
5. an empty house
6. the United States
7. an animal
8. a color
9. the size or weight of something
10. a crowded train
This kind of exaggeration is a literary device called hyperbole. It is used in both poetry and prose. Of course, these statements should not be taken literally; they are “larger than life” in order to make a point. Sometimes hyperbole is used along with a simile or metaphor to make a comparison. Example: He is as friendly as a candidate for office.