“ Harry hurried back to the entrance to find Ron face-to-face with a most eccentric looking wizard. Slightly cross-eyed, with shoulder length hair like shards or mis-bundled wheat, he wore a cap thats tassel dangled in front of his nose and robes of an eye-watering shade of egg-yolk yellow. An odd symbol like a triangular eye glistened from a golden chain around his neck.”
“ The boat slowed dramatically, drawing with precision into position against a short dock constructed of wooden plank, bleached into whiteness by the moon. The engine cut off, and the silence that followed was deafening. There was nothing but the waves, slapping lightly against the boat, and the rustle of the breeze dancing with the palms. The air was warm, moist, and fragrant-like the steam left behind after a hot shower.”
A figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as, as in: “ How like the winter hath my absence been ” or “ So are you to my thoughts as food to life ” (Shakespeare).
Dream Deferred What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and is tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom The free bird thinks of another breeze an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing
An indirect or passing reference to some event, person, place, or artistic work, the nature and relevance of which is explained by the writer but relies on the reader’s familiarity with what is being mentioned.
My father told me to never do tomorrow what I can do today, for if Noah would have waited a day to build the ark, he would have found himself all wet.
Mark, our town’s Shakespeare, was in the newspaper.
The title of the short story “By the Waters of Babylon,” by Steven Vincent Bent is a Biblical Allusion because this phrase, “By the Waters of Babylon alludes to Psalm 137 and the capture of the Jews. In Psalm 137, the Jews mourn over the loss of their homeland and consider themselves, “by the waters of Babylon,” a foreign land.
A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world's a stage” (Shakespeare).
I am a mountain, I am a tall tree, I am a swift wind sweepin' the country I am a river, down in the valley, I am a vision, and I can see clearly I'm that star up in the sky I'm that mountain peak up high Hey, I made it I'm the world's greatest And I'm that little bit of hope When my back's against the ropes
Personification Joyet 2004 Personification is a figurative language technique in which human characteristics are given to nonhuman things.
I like to see it lap the miles, And lick the valleys up, And stop to feed itself at tanks; And then, prodigious, step
Around a pile of mountains, And, supercilious, peer In shanties by the sides of roads; And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between, Complaining all the while In horrid, hooting stanza; Then chase itself down hill And neigh like Boanerges; Then, punctual as a start its own, Stop-docile and omnipotent- A stable door.
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man's smudge |&| shares man's smell: the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs -- Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast |&| with ah! bright wings.
State Content Standards for 9 th and 10 th Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text 3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal. Joyet 2004