Literary Term Examples

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irony

"The snakes became my friends"

allusion

"because of the cunning fraud with which he stole
the cattle of."

direct address

"Reader, should you doubt what next I tell,"

anastrophe

"what next I tell"

repetition

"My Guide climbed stone by stone"

alliteration

"among the crags and crevices of the cliff,"

personification

"lest it stray from Virtue's course:"

epic simile

"As the Sicilian bull - that brazen spit
which bellowed first...."

metaphor

"But when I saw before me all the signs
of the time of life that cautions every man
to lower his sail and gather in his lines,"

color archetype

"to claim my soul, but one of the Black Angels"

alliteration

"He clasps the crag with crooked hands"

simile

"Does it stink like rotten meat?"

metaphor

"Life is a broken-winged bird"

assonance

"Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright"

assonance

"when milk is missing"

allusion

"the Napoleon of crime!"

personification

"Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay"

alliteration

"Sing sin. We"

hyperbole

"He's broken every human law;
he breaks the law of gravity"

consonance

"We real cool. We"

alliteration

"maggie and milly and molly and may"

oxymoron

"as small as a world"

onomatopoeia

Meow!

simile

"Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay"

anastrophe

"10,000 I saw I at a glance"

alliteration

"Strike straight. We"

metaphor

The runner was a bolt of lightning on the track.

consonance

"Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray"

onomatopoeia

Achoo!

oxymoron

"Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight"

repetition

"Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity"

assonance

"Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We"

anastophe

"For oft, when on my couch I lie"

simile

"And like a thunderbolt he falls"

alliteration

repition of sound at the beginning of a word

consonance

repeating of consant sounds at the
middle or end of a word

assonance

repeating of vowel sounds at the
middle or end of a word

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