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Literary Devices and Examples. Allusion. Allusion: a reference to something literary, mythological, religious, historical, or found in pop culture Patrick Henry urged his listeners not to be “betrayed with a kiss”. Apostrophe.

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Literary Devices and Examples


Allusion: a reference to something literary, mythological, religious, historical, or found in pop culture

Patrick Henry urged his listeners not to be “betrayed with a kiss”


Apostrophe: speaker directly addresses a person who is dead or not physically present, an imaginary person or entity, something inhuman, or any other abstract thing

“O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”


Euphemism: an indirect, less offensive way of saying something that is considered unpleasant

In Victorian times, ladies were said to “glisten” rather than to sweat or perspire.


Onomatopoeia: a word formed from the imitation of natural sounds

The fire crackled in the fireplace. We could hear the buzzing of the bees in the hive.


Personification: endowing non human objects or creatures with human qualities or characteristics

The smiling, friendly sun was about to be swallowed by the angry clouds moving in from the south.


Symbol: something that stands for something else

Flags, ring, mascot


Colloquialism: casual language- similar to spoken language or informal writing

Huck Finn, All the Pretty Horses


Hyperbole: Intentional exaggeration to create an effect

There were at least a million people at the mall when I went shopping Saturday.


Repetition: repeating a word or phrase for additional emphasis

Hope has sprung a perfect dive, a perfect day, a perfect lie


Alliteration: repetition of sounds in a sequence of words- often the initial letters of words

Boast your bitter bragging rights


Oxymoron: An expression in which two words that contradict each other are joined

Jumbo shrimp; sweet sorrow; little giant


Paradox: An apparently contradictory statement which actually contains some truth

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind


Irony: a contradiction between appearance or expectation and reality. Truth is opposite of appearances.

In King Lear, Lear believes his daughter Cordelia to be disloyal, when in fact she is his only faithful daughter


Simile: comparison using “like” or “as”

This room is as hot as an oven


Metaphor: comparison, one thing representing another

School is a prison

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