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Top Literary Devices

Top Literary Devices with definition and example music video

Charles Loe

on 18 May 2017

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Top Literary Devices
Juxtaposition- the arrangement of contradictory subjects, items, or people to increase the intended meaning.
Imagery- descriptive language that appeals to the 5 senses.
Assonance- the repetition of vowel sounds anywhere in the word.
Consonance- the repetition of consonant sounds anywhere in the word.
Both devices create a sense of balance and rhythm to the reader.
Hyperbole- exaggeration is used to express strong emotions.
ALLUSION- direct or indirect reference to a significant person, event, time, or piece of literature.
Irony- the results when the actual outcome is different from what is expected.
METAPHOR- directly compares dissimilar objects.
High Difficulty
Each of the following songs uses at least one common literary device. Record the literary device, definition, the name of the song and reason.
The flood mentioned in the song and the use of
"40 days" is a reference to the great flood in the
The chorus begins, "Baby you're a firework..." making a direct
comparison of a person's character and a colorful explosion.
The moment of irony is at the wedding. The viewer expects it to be a man and woman, but it is actually a same-sex wedding.
The use of "We are never, ever getting back together..." exaggerates the statement of not re-engaging a relationship.
The descriptions at the beginning uses imagery and the heavy use of colors.
Repeated "s" sounds and long "i" and "e" provide balance and rhythm to the song.
The arrangement of the "white" wedding dress and the title, "Better in a Black Dress" positions the contradictory ideas of marriage and single-life.
Alliteration- the repetition of sounds in the first letter of words to draw attention to the point being made (emphasis).
The repetition of the "F" in For the First time in Forever creates the alliteration and draws attention to the character's longing for interaction.
Apostrophe- a character speaks to a person who is not there (or is dead) or an object that cannot reply.
The song talks to a person who is either dead or has left them to "come wake me up" as if they were there or could hear.
Narrative- telling of a story
The prisoner tells the story straight from beginning to end, narrating the video.
Allusion- the song uses the feeling of Dr. Jekyll dealing with Mr. Hyde to express uncontrollable feelings.
Apostrophe- The man is speaking to a lost love, appealing to her to be with him, but knowing she is not listening.
Love is an open door is a metaphor comparing the feeling of love to opening a door to something new.
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