20 terms

DeCubellis Carter Lit Terms 3 Figurative Language

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allegory
In literature, when a character or animal stands directly for an abstract idea.
alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds
allusion
reference to a familiar person or event often from religion, mythology or literature.
archetype
a universal symbol or pattern recognized by everyone
diction
word choice
double entendre
clever use of words to create a double meaning
figurative language
a creative use of a sound or word which helps the reader imagine or experience an idea in a new non-literal way
hyperbole
a deliberate overstatement
imagery
figurative language meant to create a mental picture
infer
to draw a reasonable conclusion from something that is suggested
juxtaposition
the act of placing two things close together in order to compare them
literal meaning
plain factual meaning. Contrasts with figurative.
metaphor
a figure of speech in which two things that don't usually go together are put together as a comparison
onomatopoeia
words whose spelling captures a sound associated with it Exampes: sizzle buzz
personification
when an author give human traits to animals, concepts or inanimate objects
phallic symbol
an image shaped similar to the penis (stick, rocket, etc) that stands for masculinity
poetic license
the practice of violating rules or conventions to achieve a desired effect in literature
simile
comparison using the words "like" or "as"
symbol
in literature, something that stands for something else and creates a rich new meaning
yonnic symbol
an image shaped similar to the vagina such as a cave or tunnel which stands for femininity and reproductive power