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Literary Devices and Terms Two- JPG

This Quizlet is to test students' knowledge of the definitions of common literary devices.
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onomatopoeia
the formation and use of words or figures of speech that sound like what they mean
hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses obvious exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
oxymoron
an expression, or figure of speech, which combines incongruous and apparently contradictory words and meanings for special effect or meaning
cacophony
loud, harsh, or disagreeable sounds; the combination of such sounds in a line(s) of poetry to achieve a deliberate effect; opposite of euphony
colloquial language
informal language; language that is "conversational" but not standard in print use
euphemism
an indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant or socially unacceptable
foil
a character who highlights and draws attention to another character by their differences
juxtaposition
placing two (often strongly contrasting) elements side by side to present a comparison or contrast
paradox
an apparently contradictory or false statement or concept that actually contains truth
pun
a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings
epiphany
a sudden realization, revelation, or insight
vernacular
(n.) a language or dialect spoken by a people indigenous to a given country or geographic region; (adj.) (of language) characterized by such indigenous use
caricature
an exaggerated or distorted representation (visual or verbal) of something, designed to evoke ridicule and/or comedy; a tool of satire
farce
clowning, buffoonery, slapstick, knockabout humor, containing (often repeated) exaggerated physical action, exaggeration of character or situation, absurd situations and improbable events (related to but distinguished from burlesque)
Parody
A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.
pathos
Appeal to emotion in an argument, or in a literary or other artistic work
ethos
an appeal to authority or morality (as in a code of ethics) in an argument, or in a literary or other artistic work
logos
Appeal to logic in an argument, or in a literary or other artistic work