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Literary Devices

Alliteration the repetition of the same consonant sound or letter at the beginning of words that are close together
Hyperbole an exaggeration or overstatement used for effect
Imagery the use of words or phrases that appeal to the reader's senses (sight, sound, smell, taste or touch)
Metaphor a comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT the use of "like" or "as"
Personification the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Simile a comparison of two unlike things using words "like" or "as"
Symbolism the author's use of a person, place, or object to represent something other than itself
Irony the contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually happens; the opposite of what is expected
Tone describes the author's attitude toward his/her subject
Mood the situation's atmosphere or character's feelings
An example of a simile Her eyes were as blue as the sky.
An example of a metaphor He is an encyclopedia.
An example of a hyperbole It's raining cats and dogs.
An example of personification The wind gently kissed the grass.
An example of alliteration The purple penguin played at the park.
An example of imagery The crackle of the bacon and sizzle of grease filled the kitchen.
An example of symbolism A red rose stands for love.
Created by: Mrs. McGreevy



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