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Hersey Vocab-Figurat

Figurative Language Terms Used for Sophomores

Imagery A set of mental pictures of images
Foreshadowing A writer's use of hints to indicate events that will occur later
Hyperbole A greatly exaggerated description or statement
Foil A character whose personality and attitude that is opposite personality and attitude of another character.
Onomatopoeia The formation or use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to
Repetition An instance of using a word or phrase more than once to make a point
Aside A comment made by a character that the audience can hear, but the other characters on stage cannot.
Soliloquy A speech in which a character speaks his inner thoughts, feelings, or plans loudly while on stage alone.
Pun Play on words
Epithet A term or phrase used as a substitute to a name
Metaphor Comparison between two ideas without using the words like or as
Dramatic Irony Contrast between what the character knows and what the reader/audience knows
Oxymoron Combination of contradictory words to create a phrase
Simile Comparison between two ideas using the words like or as
Allusion Indirect reference to another reading or book
Alliteration Repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of words
Personification Human qualities are given to objects, animals, or ideas
Rhyming Couplet Two lines that rhyme at the end o f a sonnet or scene
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