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Literary Terms

Learning Literary Terms
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Amy E. Counts

on 18 August 2016

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Transcript of Literary Terms

He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn't it ironic...dontcha think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought...it figures
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you're already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic...dontcha think
A little too ironic...and yeah I really do think...
Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well isn't this nice..."
And isn't it ironic...dontcha think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought...it figures
It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought...it figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out
IRONY
contrast/difference between what is expected and what actually happens/reality
situational, verbal, & dramatic
Ironic
by Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill, 1995
designed by Amy Counts & LeSean Carey
for educational use only
Figurative Language
Language that goes beyond the literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect by using figures of speech.
Where can we find figurative language?
TV shows
Movies
Advertisements
Music
Poetry
Fiction and Non-Fiction
Everyday language
Imagery
Appealing to the 5 senses
sight, smell, taste, hear, touch
Personification
Giving an animal or object human traits
Why is this picture an example of personification?
Similes
Comparing two things using like or as
Write a simile based on the image.
Metaphors
Comparing two things NOT using like or as
What two things does the image compare and why?
Similes and Metaphors
What are the purpose of similes and metaphors?
Why do they make language interesting?
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration
"I have a million things to do."
"I'm so hungry I could eat a horse"
A word that imitates the sound it is describing.
designed by Amy Counts & LeSean Carey
for educational use only
IDIOM
an expression, word, or phrase that goes beyond it's literal meaning
"breathing down your neck"
"raining cats and dogs"
"burning the midnight oil"
"chip off the old block"
Literary Terms
SOUND DEVICES
Alliteration:
the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/alliteration-examples.html
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