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Literary Devices

Alie Reeves Gold 2
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Alie Reeves

on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of Literary Devices

Literary Devices
Diction
Dictionary Definition:
style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words
My Definition:
choosing words that fit the style of speech in a particular time or area to convey parts of a story
EX:
"A guy on a ranch don't never listen nor he don't ast no question"
-John Steinbeck,
Of Mice and Men

Oxymoron
Dictionary Definition:
a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect as in "cruel kindness" or "to make haste slowly"
My Definition:
a combination of two or more word that appear to contradict each other
EX:
"O brawling love! O loving hate!
O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
feather of lead, bright smoke,cold fire, sick health!
still-waking sleep, that is not what it is?
This love feel I, that feel no love in this"
-William Shakespeare,
Romeo and Juliet


Alliteration
Dictionary Definition:
repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words near each other usually on the same or adjacent lines
My Definition:
using the same consonant and the beginning of a word in adjacent words
EX:
" Vacant vast"
-Walt Whitman, "Noiseless Patient Spider"
More Examples:
-Bittersweet

- Jumbo Shrimp
-Noticeable absence
-Awfully good
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