Literary Devices

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Literary Devices : 

Literary Devices

Flashback : 

Flashback A flashback is a literary device in which an earlier conversation, or event is inserted into the sequence of events. Often flashbacks are presented as a memory of the narrator or of another character.

Foreshadowing : 

Foreshadowing Foreshadowing is the author’s use of clues to hint at what might happen later in the story. Writers use foreshadowing to build their readers’ expectations and to create suspense. They prepare readers for what is to come.

Symbolism : 

Symbolism A symbol is something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign. Example: A large salary can stand for success or a diamond ring can be a sentimental symbol for a mother’s love.

Allusion : 

Allusion An allusion is an instance of indirect reference: an allusion to classical mythology in a poem.

Figures of Speech : 

Figures of Speech A figure of speech is a specific device or kind of figurative language, such as hyperbole, metaphor, simile, personification, or symbol. Figurative language is used for descriptive effect, often to imply ideas indirectly. It is not meant to be taken literally. Figurative language states ideas in vivid and imaginative ways.

Metaphor : 

Metaphor A metaphor is a type of speech that compares two or more things that have something in common. A metaphor does NOT use like or as. Example: Life is a bowl of cherries.

Hyperbole : 

Hyperbole A hyperbole is an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

Onomatopoeia : 

Onomatopoeia Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word, as cuckoo  or boom,  by imitation of a sound made by something.

Simile : 

Simile A simile is another figure of speech that compares seemingly unlike things. Similes DO use the words like or as. Example: The sun is like a yellow ball of fire in the sky

Personification : 

Personification Personification is a figure of speech in which an animal, object, force of nature, or idea is given human qualities or characteristics. Example: The rain tiptoed down from the clouds.

Alliteration : 

Alliteration Alliteration is the repetition of sounds, most often consonant sounds, at the beginning of words. Alliteration gives emphasis to words. Example: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

Assonance : 

Assonance Assonance is also called vowel rhyme. It is a rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants in the stressed syllables of the rhyming words, as in penitent  and reticence.

Imagery : 

Imagery Imagery is words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses. Writers use imagery to describe how their subjects look, sound, feel, taste, and smell.

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