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Literary Terms

6th grade Lit: Word List #1

alliteration the repetition of similar sounds, usually consonant, at the beginnings of words
hyperbole a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, to make a point or to evoke humor
idiom a saying or group of words that takes on special meaning, different from the usual meaning of the words that make it up
metaphor a figure of speech that compares two seemingly unlike things without the use of connective words such as like or as
onomatopoeia the use of a word or phrase that actually imitates or suggests the sound of what it describe
personification a figure of speech in which an animal, an object, a force of nature or an idea is given human characteristics
simile a figure of speech using a word or phrase such as like or as to compare seemingly unlike things
Created by: lcocking