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Literary Terms

Figurative Language

TermDefinition
Personification Figure of speech where human qualities are attribution to an object, animal, or idea.
Similie A comparison between two things using "like" or "as."
Epic Similie A long, elaborate (many details) comparison using like or as that often continues over several lines.
Metaphor A comparison or two unlike things.
Hyperbole A figure of speech in which truth is exaggerated for emphasis or humorous effect.
Onomatopoeia The use of words for their sound effects.
Irony -Situational Irony -Dramatic Irony -Verbal Irony S : The difference between what is expected to happen and what actually does. D : Device of giving the spectator an item of information that at least one of the characters is unaware of. V : A contrast in what is said and what is actually meant.
Symbolism When a person, place, activity, or object stands for something else.
Foreshadowing A writers use of hints or clues to indicate events and situations that will occur later in the plot.
Flashback A conversion, event, or episode that happened before the beginning of the story which helps the reader understand the current situation.
Imagry Language that causes mental pictures or relates to the five senses.
Mood The overall feeling a text creates.
Tone The writers attitude towards the subject.
Epithet A brief phrase that points out traits associated with a particular person or thing.
Created by: Babygirlmonahan