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Linguistic & Literary Devices

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Jessica Nevitt

on 8 December 2012

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a reference to a person, event, or literary/artistic work outside of the piece.

Ex: "The sunlight burned like the first day out of Eden." Linguistic Devices & Literary Elements Connotation

An implied meaning of a word.

Ex: Connotation of childish is immature (Negative Connotation) Diction

The choice of words, as opposed to other

Formal Diction: "Dear Sir or Madam"
Informal Diction: "Yo, Whaddup?" Denotation

the literal or dictionary meaning of a word.

Ex: The denotation of childish is, appropriate for a child. Hyperbole

a figure of speech in which deliberate
exaggeration is used for emphasis.

Ex: Waiting For Ages, Weighs A Ton Imagery

Language that evokes one or more of the five senses.

Ex: "A fuzzy-stemmed, fragrant plant." Metaphor

A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared without using "like" or "as."

Ex: "He was a lion in battle." Onomatopoeia

A figure of speech in which words are used to imitate sounds.

Ex: "Buzz" or "Tick-Tock" Oxymoron

A figure of speech in which two words are placed together even though they appear to contradict one another.

Ex: Jumbo Shrimp, Bittersweet Personification

A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract idea are given human qualities.

Ex: "The dead leaves danced in the wind" or "The hand of the clock punched forward." Simile

A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using "like" or "as."

Ex: "She ran like the wind." Characterization

The method used by an author to develop a character.

Holden Caulfield can be characterized as a judgmental loner who wears a red hunting cap. Conflict

The struggle that propels the plot.

In Brave New World, there is a conflict between The World State and John, The Savage. Foreshadowing

The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story.

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