Some Common Literary Devices

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Some Common Literary Devices : 

Some Common Literary Devices

Sounds make a difference. : 

Sounds make a difference. Alliteration - the repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words Example - a tongue twister - “Belinda bought some butter, but she said ‘My butter’s bitter…’ Homophones - two or more words pronounced alike, but different in spelling and meaning – a favorite among poets Example - “for, fore, four” or “pear, pare, pair”

Allusion : 

Allusion Allusion – an implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place or event Example – reference in a winter poem made to a “jolly, old man dressed in red”

Hyperbole : 

Hyperbole Hyperbole – an exaggeration or overstatement Example - “She was slower than a snail” or “I’ve told you a million times – don’t exaggerate!”

Irony : 

Irony Irony – the use of a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its usual meaning Example – Jim Fixx popularized jogging in a book he wrote on the healthy benefits of jogging – yet he died of a heart attack --- while jogging.

Personification : 

Personification Personification - an object is given human qualities or human form Example – in this stanza by Emily Dickinson, the wind is personified as an old man tapping quietly on a window pane – “The Wind – tapped like a tired Man – And like a Host – “Come in” I boldly answered – entered then My residence within”

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