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House on Mango Street: Literary Terms and Poetic Devices

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Personification
Definition: giving human qualities to animals or objects
Example: the curtains winked at me
Metaphor
Definition: comparison of two unlike things without using like or as
Example: Ms. Dahms is the sunshine of my life.
Simile
Definition: comparison of two unlike things using like or as
Example: Zach is like an ox---strong and buff.
Anaphora
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.
Alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Example: Skylar sells seashells at the seashore.
Idiom
An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").
Synesthesia
describing one kind of sensation in terms of another ("a loud color", "a sweet sound")
Symbol
any object, person, place, or experience that means more than what it is.
Example: U.S. glag symbolized freedom, American Dream, success etc.
Hyperbole
exaggeration or overstatement
Example: Anthony Haselbauer is a giant!
Onomatopoeia
a word that imitates the sound it represents
Example: Bam! Buzz. Hiss. Quack.