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House on Mango Street: Literary Terms and Poetic Devices
Definition: giving human qualities to animals or objects
Example: the curtains winked at me
Definition: comparison of two unlike things without using like or as
Example: Ms. Dahms is the sunshine of my life.
Definition: comparison of two unlike things using like or as
Example: Zach is like an ox---strong and buff.
Definition: deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at teh beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs.
Example: NOT MY house. NOT MY car. NOT MY room. NOT MY family.
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Example: Skylar sells seashells at the seashore.
An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").
describing one kind of sensation in terms of another ("a loud color", "a sweet sound")
any object, person, place, or experience that means more than what it is.
Example: U.S. glag symbolized freedom, American Dream, success etc.
exaggeration or overstatement
Example: Anthony Haselbauer is a giant!
a word that imitates the sound it represents
Example: Bam! Buzz. Hiss. Quack.