Hallinan Literary Devices
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repetition of the first sound-usually a consonant sound-in several words of a sentence or a line of poetry
a brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history or literature
a convention in drama whereby a character onstage addresses the audience to some inner thought or feeling that is presumed inaudible to any other characters onstage who might be in earshot
a repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds, usually those found in stressed syllables of close proximity
an informal or conversational use of language
a reluctant acknowledgement of yielding
what is suggested by a word, apart from what it explicitly describes, often referred to as the implied meaning of a word
a direct and specific meaning, often referred to as the dictionary meaning of a word.
a specific piece of literary work that makes up or adds to a larger picture or story
a social regional variety of a particular language
a speaker or author's word choice used for effect; includes connotation of words as well as denotations
a mild words of phrase which substitutes for for another which would be undesirable because it is too unpleasant or offensive
language used to express ideas through figures of speech.
a break in a story's action that returns the reader to a previous event.
the use of clues giving the reader hints of events to come
a type of class literature such as epic, narrative, or poetry
obvious exaggeration used for serious, comic, or ironic effect
an expression whose meaning can't be understood literally.
the words and phrases used in writing that appeal to the sensed of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
an effect created by a contrast between what is expected and what is expected
specialized or technical language of a trade, profession, or similar groups
the location of one thing as being adjacent with another in order to compare or contrast items
a direct comparison where one thing is said TO BE another thing.
the technique of using words that sound like what they mean: buzz, splash
the structure and/or layout of a literary work that affects its overall purpose and/or effect.
a condensed form of paradox in which two seemingly contradictory terms are joined together.
a statement that initially appears to be contradictory but then, on closer inspection, turns out to make sense.
the use of similar forms in writing for nouns, verbs, phrases, or thoughts.
a work that imitates another work for comic effect by exaggerating the style and changing the content of the original
figurative language in which an animal, object, or ideas is given human characteristics
the technique of repeating a word, phrase, or idea for emphasis and effect
The study of effective persuasive language use
A question asked simply for stylistic effect and is not expected to be answered.
a form of verbal irony in which apparent praise is actually harshly or bitterly critical.
a literary work that ridicules human folly
figurative language in which one thing is said to be like or as another thing.
The technique of using an image, person, place or thing to express the idea beyond the thing itself.
the arrangement, ordering, grouping and placement of words within a sentence and the arrangement of sentences within a piece
The opposite of a hyperbole; a figure of speech statement, which lessons or minimizes the importance of what is meant.
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