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Literary Devices

TermDefinition
Allusion a reference to a well known song, text, art, famous person.
hyperbole an extreme exaggeration
Imagery the use of any words that appeal to the five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste).
Irony when the outcome is different than expected
verbal irony difference between what is said and what is meant (think of sarcasm).
situational irony difference between what the characters believe is going to happen and what really does.
Dramatic irony when the audience knows something that the characters do not.
metaphor a comparison of two unlike things that does not use like or as.
Oxymoron words that are opposite: jumbo shrimp, sweet sorrow, controlled chaos.
personification giving animals, ideas, or things human-like characteristics
simile a comparison using like or as.
symbol a person, object, place, or action that stands for something else (think Scarlet Ibis standing for Doodle)
Created by: adarlington1 on 2014-04-29



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