Important Literary Devices
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a group of words that all start with the same consonant sounds in a sequence of words, usually at the beginning of words
descending dew drops, little luscious lemons
the mention of a familiar or famous person, historical event, place, book, or object.
"It's been raining so hard lately that I think I'll build an ark,"
an overused expression that has lost its original strength because we have heard it already so many times;
the secondary, emotional meaning of a word; the feeling or emotion that goes along with a word's main dictionary meaning;
the dictionary definition of a word
"imminent" is "about to happen or impending"
hints and clues that suggest what will happen later in the story, often used to build suspense or tension
a very bold, exaggerated statement; it isn't literally true;
"He ate everything in the house." / "I'm bored to death."
common term for the "mental pictures" writers paint; imagery is made up of all the sensory perceptions .including what you can SEE HEAR, TASTE, SMELL, and TOUCH
sight - orange glare; a ginger cat, very tall and thin
smell - sweaty clothes; dusty odor of the dry earth
taste - pink sweetness of the watermelon
touch - hot July sun; damp jeans
sound -crackling underbrush
"as white as snow", "busy as bees", "scared to death"
"lavish and extravagant" "fancy-schmancy" and "hoity-toity" "Mutt", "slim", "scrawny", "child", "urchin", "rugrat" are other words with strong connotations.
the opposite of what is expected; different than a coincidence
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later they were both eaten by a killer whale.
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, without using the words like or as;
life is a "brief candle", "He was a bear, tearing through his dinner without pause."
words that sound like what they describe or name;
two opposite words used together to name a new thing;
"sweet sorrow", "original copy", "thunderous silence", "jumbo shrimp", "pretty ugly"
writing that makes inanimate objects, animals, natural forces (like weather) seem alive or human-like / writing that makes a thing seem like a person
"Time, the subtle thief of youth" "On dark nights the houses had mean expressions on their faces" "The angry wind yelled and scolded us with its vicious fingers"
word play where words often take on double meanings examples: "Fang, you very much," said the vampire to his victim. "I want some friends to hang around with," said the little bat to his mother.
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things by using the words "like"," as", "than", "appears", or "seems";
"Mrs. Smith's coffee is like a punch in the stomach""He laughed like a hyena""mad as a hornet"
an object, person or action that stands for an additional abstract or idea
the American flag is an object that represents or symbolizes freedom, patriotism, home, etc., an owl described as "the bird of night" (owl is a symbol of death), or rain accompanying a sorrowful scene in a movie to symbolize tears and sadness and loss
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