What is Hyperbole? Hyperbole is exaggeration or extravagant statement used for effect. With hyperbole, the literal meaning is not the intended meaning. Hyperbole is deliberate exaggeration, which is often witty and usually for emphasis. It is important not to confuse hyperbole with simile and metaphor.
- I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
- I have a million things to do.
- I had to walk 15 miles to school in the snow, uphill.
- “He cried all night, and dawn found him still there, though his tears had dried and only hard, dry sobs shook his wooden frame. But these were so loud that they could be heard by the faraway hills…” From The Adventures of Pinocchio written by C. Colloid.
- “I had to wait in the station for ten days-an eternity.” From Joseph Conrad’s novel The Heart of Darkness.
What are some of your favorite examples of Hyperbole from everyday speech, poetry, or novels?