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Literary Elements

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Kelsey Agar

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Literary Elements

Figurative Language
We use them every day!
Figurative Language:
What is it?
Where is it used?
Why do we use it?
Do we use figurative language in real life????
Figurative Language:
Language that is not intended to be interpreted in a literal sense. Figurative language always makes use of a comparison between different things. By appealing to the imagination, figurative language provides new ways of looking at the world.
a comparison that connects two objects or ideas with the words "like" or "as."
Ex: "Life is like a box of chocolates"

a reference to a person, place, or event in history or another work of literature (often indirect or brief references to well-known characters or events)
Ex: “May the odds be ever in your favor”

"mental pictures" that readers experience with a passage of literature. Sensory details, detailed description, allusion, similes, and metaphors can be used to paint this “mental picture.”
Ex: good vs: bad story telling

A writer’s choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, and precision.
Ex: “Does this dress make me look fat?” …choose your words wisely.

a word or object that stands for another word or object
Ex: Flags, Jewelry, Colors

A repeated word, phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature (used to signify special emphasis)
Ex:” I really, really have to pee!”

a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

Ex: “My sister is my rock.”

Literally Everywhere
"Stereo Hearts"
-Gym Class Heroes
My heart's a stereo
It beats for you, so listen close
Hear my thoughts in every note
Make me your radio
And turn me up when you feel low
This melody was meant for you
Just sing along to my stereo

If I was just another dusty record on the shelf
Would you blow me off and play me like everybody else
If I asked you to scratch my back, could you manage that
Like it, yeah, check it Travie, I can handle that
Furthermore, I apologize for any skipping tracks
It's just the last girl to play me left a couple cracks
I used to used to used to used to, now I'm over that
Cause holding grudges over love is ancient artifacts

If I could only find a note to make you understand
I'd sing it softly in your ear and grab you by the hands
Keep me stuck inside your head, like your favorite tune
And know my heart's a stereo that only plays for you


If I was an old school, fifty pound boom box
Would you hold me on your shoulder, wherever you walk
Would you turn my volume up in front of the cops
And crank it higher every time they told you to stop
And all I ask is that you don't get mad at me
When you have to purchase mad D batteries
Appreciate every mix tape your friends make
You never know we come and go like we're on the interstate

I think finally found a note to make you understand
If you can hear it, sing along and take me by the hands
Keep me stuck inside your head, like your favorite tune
And know my heart is a stereo that only plays for you


I only pray you never leave me behind
Never leave me
Because good music can be so hard to find
So hard to find
I take your hand and pull it closer to mine
Thought love was dead, but now you're changing my mind


Edgar Allan Poe
Whoever knew that
lit terms were so
much fun?!
1st wife: Virginia Clemm
was his cousin
married Poe when she was 13 and he was 27
died of tuberculosis
buried in Westminster Graveyard

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Annabel Lee
a scene set in a time earlier than the main story.

Ex: Remember when...?
Giving human characteristics to something that isn't human
Ex: "Time flies"
"The wind howled"
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