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Literary Devices

Figurative language, descriptive language, allusions, sound devices

Melanie Stefanovic

on 8 July 2013

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Literary Devices



references to other characters or events in literature, the Bible, or history
comparing one thing to another, saying that one IS the other
My daughter is a ray of sunshine in my life.
Lanie is a cheetah on the race track!
Mrs. Stefanovic's class is so cold it is like an igloo.
comparing one thing to another, using LIKE or AS
The teacher's voice boomed like thunder at the misbehaving child.
giving an inanimate, nonhuman object, human like characteristics
While I struggled to answer the last five questions on the exam, the clock teased me with its constant ticking.
"I didn't throw the paper airplane! It jumped out of my hand!" the boy lied.
Addy's unruly hair never cooperates and refuses to do what she asks it to.
a very popular or common simile or metaphor
It's raining cats and dogs out there!
The best friends are like two peas in a pod.
That test was a piece of cake.
An extreme exaggeration of size or period of time
She was so nervous, she was talking a mile a minute.
I have so much homework; my backpack weighs a ton!
Roland was so hungry, he said he could eat a horse!
The pale yellow house stood proudly in the middle of the short cut green grass. From the barbecue, the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers wafted up my nose. The laughter of children at the birthday party echoed throughout the back yard. Chocolate cake with sweet icing and cold vanilla ice cream was served. Just as I was about to take a bite, I felt a hard piece of candy bounce off the back of my head and I heard "SoRRY!" as the kid with the bat stood giggling under the pinata.
On the first day of school, the teacher joked with her students. In a deep, booming voice she said, "Now, I present you with the 10 Commandments! Our class rules are..."
Don't be such a Scrooge! It's almost the holiday season and you should really consider contributing to charity this time of year!
Julia's decorator has the midas touch! Her house needed serious updating, and now it is beautiful and cozy.
The language arts teacher said to Marco, "Wow, Lil' Wayne! Nice rhymes!" after she read his revised poem.
repetition of the same sound at the BEGINNING of the words
Marvelous Monday!
Terrific Tuesday!
Wonderful Wednesday!
Thrilling Thursday!
Fabulous Friday!
Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore
Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
repetition of the same vowel sound in the MIDDLE of words
You need to please release me
From your smothering love
repetition of the same sound at the END of words
Chad hid behind the shed, his face mad with red dread.
in the grass
in the green
words that represent sounds
woof woof
Ronnie tripped down the stairs with a kerthlump blump bump.
The cell phone startled everyone in the library with a loud ring-a-ling-a-ling.
Warm Up

Today we'll begin learning about literary devices.

1. What other words does "literary" look like?

2. Write a definition for "device" in your own words.

3. Based on your answers to #1 and #2, write a definition for "literary device."
She was so embarrassed, her face was as red as a tomato.
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