Love Inspires ... Hyperbole
About a zillion authors and singers have hyperbolized love. Here are a few examples.
Example: Robert Burns claims in "A Red, Red Rose," "And I will come again, my love, / Tho' it were ten thousand mile." He also claims that "I will love thee still, my dear, / Till a' the seas gang dry / ... And the rocks melt wi' the sun."
Analysis: Dude's in love (that guy from the Proclaimers would only walk 500 miles ... just saying). Of course, Burns' purpose may include ulterior motives, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. You may wonder how long it might take to walk 10,000 miles. At 50 miles/day (a rather hefty one-day total), it would take 200 days.
Your Turn: Now it's your turn to practice. It's really hard to do this without actually being in love, but you can fake it (many a man has done just that with much success). Write a love poem (only give it to someone who's already in love with you; otherwise, you'll look completely stupid). Use these prompts:
- I love you more than...
- I would do __________ to prove my love.
- You are more beautiful than...
- If I were given a choice between you and _________________, I would choose you.
Comparisons make for good hyperbole. Romeo shows the way in Act II, scene ii of Romeo and Juliet.
Example: "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!
Analysis: Dude's in love! Romeo compares Juliet, via metaphor, to the celestial object that provides light and heat to an entire solar system. In other words, Juliet is the celestial orb that makes life on Earth possible.
Your Turn: Hyperbolic comparisons are about a million times harder than numeric exaggerations. It's like getting your history teacher to stop talking about John Locke's influence on the founding fathers. Start by thinking of the one you "love." Then think of something great or essential. Then make the comparison. Good luck.
- That girl or guy ________________ (try a metaphor here).
- Whenever he or she is around _________________ (try a simile).
The more you practice writing hyperboles, the more natural they will occur in your writing and speaking.