10 terms

Literary Devices Set 1

Literary techniques used to achieve a specific effect
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Allusion
reference to a statement, person, place, or event from literature, the arts, history, mythology, politics, sports, or science
Pun
A play on words that are identical or similar in sound but have sharply different meanings. Puns can have serious or humorous uses.
Simile
A comparison of two different things or ideas through the use of words like or as
Metaphor
An imaginative comparison of two unlike things in which one thing is said to be another thing; not using like or as
Personification
Writing that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics.
Hyperbole
A deliberate, extravagant and often outrageous exaggeration; may be used for either serious or comic effect
Idiom
Having a meaning different from the literal
Symbol
The use of any object, person, place, or action that both has a meaning in itself and that stands for something larger than itself such as a quality, attitude, belief, or value
Denotation
The specific dictionary definition of a word.
Connotation
The emotions or associations a word normally arouses in people using, hearing, or reading the word. A word may have a positive, negative, neutral.