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metaphor

A figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity. For example, "Her hair was silk" simply means her hair felt or looked like silk, not that it actually is made of silk.

simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse. "The wild and woolly walrus waits and wonders when we'll walk by."

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote. ex: Boom, bang, slash, slurp,
gurgle, meow,and woof

personification

A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes. ex: My computer hates me! The camera loves me!

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