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LITERARY TERMS. ALLITERATION. The repetition of the same consonants in lines of poetry or prose. EUPHEMISM. Using mild words to describe something instead of using offensive words. HYPERBOLE. Exaggeration to create an effect or for emphasis. METAPHOR.

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alliteration

ALLITERATION

The repetition of the same consonants in lines of poetry or prose.

euphemism

EUPHEMISM

Using mild words to describe something instead of using offensive words

hyperbole

HYPERBOLE

Exaggeration to create an effect or for emphasis

metaphor

METAPHOR

Direct comparison between two unlike things without using the words “like” or “as”

onomatopoeia

ONOMATOPOEIA

Words whose sound suggests their meaning

personification

PERSONIFICATION

Giving human qualities to something not human

simile

SIMILE

Comparison between two things using “like” or “as”

oxymoron

OXYMORON

A phrase that combines opposite or contradictory terms

my mind is an open door
“My mind is an open door.”
  • Simile
  • Hyperbole
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration
but the sea the sea in darkness calls
“But the sea, the sea in darkness calls.”
  • Oxymoron
  • Alliteration
  • Hyperbole
  • Idiom
splash buzz hiss boom
Splash, buzz, hiss, boom
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Alliteration
  • Symbol
  • Metaphor
a cross a rose a dove mama s little plant in a raisin in the sun
A cross. A rose. A dove. Mama’s little plant in A Raisin in the Sun.
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Hyperbole
  • Simile
  • Symbol
i m so hungry i could eat a horse
“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.”
  • Oxymoron
  • Understatement
  • Hyperbole
  • Symbol
friendly fire icy hot jumbo shrimp
Friendly fire, icy hot, jumbo shrimp
  • Tone
  • Oxymoron
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Hyperbole
he slithered like a snake in the grass
“He slithered like a snake in the grass.”
  • Hyperbole
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Oxymoron
the oak trees whispered softly in the night breeze
“The oak trees whispered softly in the night breeze.”
  • Understatement
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification
  • Simile
everyday is a winding road
“Everyday is a winding road.”
  • Simile
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
passed away instead of died
‘Passed away’ instead of ‘died.’
  • Hyperbole
  • Euphemism
  • Metaphor
  • Alliteration