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LIterary Devices

List of common literary devices.
a data set by meeriley
created September 28, 2016
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LITERARY DEVICEDEFINITION
PersonificationAn author gives human qualities to an animal or object.
MetaphorA literary deviced that compares two different things without using like or as.
RhythmWay in which lines of poetry sound when read aloud.
RhymeTo sound alike.
Alliterationhe occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
AllusionUnacknowledged reference and quotations that authors assume their readers will recognize.
ImageryReferences that trigger the mind to fuse together memories of sight, sounds, taste, smells, and sensations of touch.
OnomatopoeiaA blending of consonant and vowel sounds designed to imitate or suggest the activity being described.
SymbolLiterary device that uses one, usually concrete thing to stand for another, usually abstract thing.
ParadoxA rhetorical figures embodying a seeming contradiction that is nonetheless true.
SimileA figure of speech that compares two things of different kinds using like or as.
HyperboleExtreme exaggeration or overstatement.
Diction – ConnotationThe emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word.
IronyA literary device which presents conflict between appearance and reality, may be intentional or unintentional on the part of the character, but always intentional on the part of the author.
Diction – DenotationThe strict dictionary meaning of a word.
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