Literary Techniques

This set allows students to review the voacabulary, speling and application of literary techniques.

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The repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least two repetitions in a row. i.e. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence.
a figure of speech involving exaggeration.
A comparison in which one thing is said to be another.
i.e. The cat's eyes were jewels, gleaming in the darkness.
the use of words to imitate the sounds they describe.
i.e. The burning wood crackled and hissed.
giving human qualities to animals or objects.
i.e. The daffodils nodded their yellow heads.
A word is used which has two meanings at the same time, which results in humor.
figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like, as, or as though.
i.e. She floated in like a cloud.
Language which describes something in detail, using words to substitute for and create sensory stimulation, including visual imagery and sound imagery. Also refers to specific and recurring types of images, such as food imagery and nature imagery.
The atmosphere or emotional condition created by the piece, within the setting.
Where a specific word, phrase, or structure is repeated several times, to emphasize a particular idea.
The use of specific objects or images to represent abstract ideas. This term is commonly misused, describing any and all representational relationships, which in fact are more often metaphorical than symbolic. A symbol must be something tangible or visible, while the idea it symbolizes must be something abstract or universal.
The apparent emotional state, or "attitude," of the speaker/narrator/narrative voice, as conveyed through the language of the piece.
A recurring important idea or image. A motif differs from a theme in that it can be expressed as a single word or fragmentary phrase, while a theme usually must be expressed as a complete sentence.