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literary terms

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Emily Meachen

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of literary terms

Literary Terms
The repetition of first consonants in a group of words as in “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers.”
The repetition of the final consonants, especially at the ends of words, as in blank and think or strong and string
The repetition of vowel sounds as in “Days wane away.”

Giving inanimate objects human characteristics. For example, “The flames reached for the child hovering in the corner.”
The use of description that helps the reader imagine how something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or taste. For example, “The young bird’s white, feathered wings flutter as he made his way across the nighttime sky.”
Figurative Language
Language that does not mean exactly what it says. For example, you can call someone who is very angry “steaming.” Unless steam was actually coming out of your ears, you were using figurative language.
The use of one thing to represent another. For example, a dove is a symbol of peace.
End rhyme
Rhyming words that are at the ends of their respective lines—what we typically think of as normal rhyme.
The use of words that sound like what they mean such as “buzz.”

A huge exaggeration. For example, “Dan’s the funniest guy on the planet!” or “That baseball card is worth a zillion dollars!”
A comparison that uses like or as. For example, “I’m as hungry as a wolf,” or “My love is like a rose.”

A comparison that doesn’t use like or as - such as “He’s a rock” or “I am an island.”
A story in which the characters represent abstract qualities or ideas. For example, in westerns, the sheriff represents the good, and the outlaw represents evil.
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