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English - Hyperbole

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what is it used for, and how and why might it appear in literature?

its used to make an obvious exaggeration
like "to wait an eternity"

"Hyperbole is a figure of speech which is an exaggeration. Persons often use expressions such as "I nearly died laughing," "I was hopping mad," and "I tried a thousand times." Such statements are not literally true, but people make them to sound impressive or to emphasize something, such as a feeling, effort, or reaction. "

the structure of hyperbole

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