This page contains
a list of literary devices and their meanings. It is very important to
understand that students are not expected in any to know these terms -
nor should students be expected to come up with the proper teminology
if concept attainment lessons are the basis for examining the elements
of a particular literary device.
Strategies Online" site contains more information on Concept
Language Resource Page * - This student reproducible, from a ReadWriteThink
lesson, offers examples of and definitions for several types of figurative
- a symbolic representation
i.e. The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.
- the repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least
two repetitions in a row.
i.e. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
– A reference to a famous person or event in life or literature.
i.e. She is as pretty as the Mona Lisa.
- the comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship.
i.e. shoe is to foot as tire is to wheel
- the repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence.
- the turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. The
climax represents the point of greatest tension in the work.
- hints of what is to come in the action of a play or a story
- a figure of speech involving exaggeration.
- A comparison in which one thing is said to be another.
i.e. The cat's eyes were jewels, gleaming in the darkness.
- the use of words to imitate the sounds they describe.
i.e. The burning wood crackled and hissed.
- putting two contradictory words together.
i.e. bittersweet, jumbo shrimp, and act naturally
- is giving human qualities to animals or objects.
i.e. The daffodils nodded their yellow heads.
- A word is used which has two meanings at the same time, which results
- figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using
like, as, or as though.
i.e. She floated in like a cloud.
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