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Literary Terms & Devices - Definitions (Pack 1)

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Alliteration
The repetition of the same or similar sounds at the beginning of words.
Caesura
A break in the normal flow of a sentence, phrase or metrical line.
Enjambment
The continuation of a sentence from one line of a poem to the next, without any specific pause, despite the break in the line.
Metaphor
A figure of speech in which a description is applied to something, typically in a way that would not be expected, or by switching a standard description with something more unusual.
Onomatopoeia
Where a word's pronunciation is used to imitate sounds, specifically the sound that it describes (e.g. "bang").
Personification
A technique in which human characteristics are applied to inanimate, non-living objects.
Sibilance
A device in which a hissing "s" sound is created as a result of using repeated soft consonants.
Simile
A figure of speech in which two things are compared, normally in a way that is unexpected or unusual.
Semantic Field
A term used to describe a group of words, all of which share a similar concept, theme or subject.
Ambiguity
An idea or situation that can be understood or interpreted in multiple ways.
Cliché
A normal, everyday phrase or expression which has become overused, so much so that the original meaning or effect has been lost.
Homonym
Words that sound or are pronounced like one another but have different meaning and/or spelling.
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