Literary Devices

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  • Activity: Alliteration group game
  • Literary Devices

    1. 1. ALLITERATION Consonant sounds repeated at the beginnings of words If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
    2. 2. Allusion:A reference to something or someone often literary. For instance, if you were trying to instill confidence in a friend and said, “Use the force,” that would be an allusion to Stars Wars – an allusion should be a direct reference.
    3. 3. REPETITION Word repeated more than once within a sentence or a poetical line, with no particular placement of the words, in order to emphasize. “Today, as never before, the fates of men are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody.”
    4. 4. ANAPHORARepetition of a word, phrase or clause at the beginning of two or more sentences in a row.Deliberate form of repetition to reinforce point or to make it more coherent.Example:"We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, … we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender." British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
    5. 5. METAPHOR A direct comparison of two unlike things “All the world’s a stage, and we are merely players.” - William Shakespeare
    6. 6. EXTENDED METAPHOR A metaphor that goes several lines or possible the entire length of a work.
    7. 7. Hyperbole: A hugeexaggeration. For example, “Dan’s the funniest guyon the planet!” or “That baseball card is worth a zillion dollars!”
    8. 8. SIMILE A comparison of two things using “like, as than,” or “resembles.” “She is as beautiful as a sunrise.” “I’m as hungry as a wolf,”
    9. 9. PERSONIFICATION The attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions "Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."

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