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Literary Terms AOL

Author's Purpose to entertain, inform, and persuade.
allusion reference in a work of literature to a well-known character, place, or situation from another work of literature , art, or history.
repetition recurrence of words, phrases, lines, etc.
figurative language language that compares one thing to something that is familiar.
imagery language that appeals to the senses.
simile compares seemingly unlike things using "like" or "as".
metaphor comparison that compares seemingly unlike things and does not use "like" or "as".
personification human quality is given to an animal, object, or idea; Example: The trees are dancing in the wind.
alliteration Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words. Example: wide-eyed and wondering while we wait for others to waken.
Onomatopoeia The author makes up a word to mimic the way a sound really sounds. Example: Caarackle!
Hyperbole An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect. It is not used to mislead the reader, but to emphasize a point. Example: She's said so on several million occasions.
symbol any object, person, place, or experience that stands for something else.
foreshadowing an author's use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story.
idioms expression that's not meant to be taken literally.
flashback Goes backwards to a time that happened a while ago; Remembrance.
direct charecterization
Created by: damariblount



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