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Literary Devices

Literary devices from 11U English.

Terms

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assonance
The repitition of similar vowel sounds within the stressed syllables of a series of words to create a particular effect.
sentence fragment
Places emphasis on key words to create an overall effect, such as humour or suspense.
consonance
The repetition of the same consonant sounds in a series of words in which the vowel sounds are different, such as "look" and "luck".
metonymy
A figure of speech that replaces the name of one thing whith the name of something else closely associated with it.
connotation
An implied meaning of a word.
opposite
Contrasts two opposing ideas.
analogy
Helps the reader understand something unfamiliar by comparing it to something well-known.
understatement
Creates the reverse effect and adds a touch of irony by making the fact seem less significant.
allegory
A form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas as charity, greed, or envy.
paradox
Reveals a kind of truth which at first seems contradictory. Two opposing ideas.
periodic sentence
Withholds an important part of the sentence until the end so that it doesn't make complete sense until the last word is read.
symbol
An object or action that represents something other than what it is.
repetition
State a phrase or a word more than once for emphasis and rhythm.
reversal
Makes a balanced sentence even more memorable by repeating the words in reverse order.
simile
Compare two things using "like" or "as".
metaphor
Compares two things without the use of "like" or "as".
balanced sentence
Expresses two or more equal and parallel ideas.
parallelism
Repeats specific words, phrases, or clauses in a series, giving emphasis to key words to make them memorable.
personification
Gives human traits to an inanimate object or animal.
oxymoron
Putting two contradictory words together in a phrase.
onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
pun
A play on words with the same sound but different meanings.
rhetorical question
Asking something whose answer is already known or implied.
climactic word order
Presents several facts in order from least to most important.
alliteration
Repetition of the same sound beginning several words in sequence.
hyperbole
An overstatement or extreme exaggeration.
allusion
An indirect reference to a well-known person, event, or place, real or ficticious, or to a work of art. It may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion.
imagery
Appeals to one or more of the senses by creating a vivd impression through the use of concrete details, adjectives, and figures of speech.

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