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Copy of Literary Devices

A collection of Language Arts terms and definitions
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Kelli Green

on 22 August 2016

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Literary Terms and Devices
Hyperbole
an exaggeration
"I'm so hungry, I could eat an elephant!"
Metaphor
comparing two things that have nothing to do with each other
"You're a monster!"
Irony
humour based on opposites
I set up an anti-Facebook group on FaceBook
Onomatpoeia
Sound words
The bee "buzzed" around the yard
Giving human traits to something not human
"The wind screamed as it blew through the sky"
Personification
By: Devan Galloway; Additions By: Kelli Green
Simile
a comparason using 'like' or 'as'
"I felt like a train wreck"
Foreshadowing
giving a glimpse into the future
"This day would NOT end well"
Alliteration
Using the same consonant sound over and over again
"Sally sells seashells"
"The golden sand, combined with the pale, yellow sun gave a scence of glee to the travelers
Imagery
using words to create a picture
"It had to be 100 feet tall"
"The answers would make themselves clear
very soon"
"That person is a beast!"
"The clouds danced through the sky"
"You're like a robot"
"I'm as good as a ninja"
The police station was robbed
"Fluffy and white, the small, pointed flakes fell like crystals from Heaven itself"
The gun went "BANG"
"Pow" right in the kisser
"Baam" in the face!
"Same stunning Sammy!"
Anaphora
Deliberate repetition of a word or phrase
Not my house.
Not my car.
Not my room.
Not my family
"One small step for a man, one giant leap for all mankind" Neil Armstrong
Idiom
An expression that does not mean what it literally says
You are driving me up the wall!
Symbol
Something that has meaning in itself and that also stands for something else
Allegory
A story, picture, or play use to represent abstract ideas or principles.
Synaesthesia
One feeling or perception - described with words - used for a totally different or opposite feeling.
The sky smelled blue...
The soft hum of fog
Cliche
As old as the hills
Laughter is the
best medicine
HA
Ha
Ha
Allusion
“I was surprised his nose was not growing like Pinocchio’s.”
brief reference to a person, event, or place, famous historical or literary figure or event; may also be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion
“I thought the software would be useful, but it was a Trojan Horse.”
putting two contradictory words together
Oxymoron
virtual reality

seriously funny
original copies
A look back in time to
Flashback
an earlier point in the story
Mood
The general atmosphere created by the author’s words. It is the feeling the reader gets from reading those words.
Peaceful
Desolate
A central idea of a work of fiction or nonfiction
Theme
the author’s attitude toward the writing (his characters, the situation) and the readers
Tone
formal

bitter

sharp

snobby
Boring, overused phrase or saying
"At the speed
of light"
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