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Literary Devices . By Megan Cai. Mixed Metaphor. A succession of incongruous or ludicrous comparisons; metaphors jumbled together illogically Function : Usually for comic effect to expose clichés and parody metaphors Examples :

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literary devices

Literary Devices

By Megan Cai

mixed metaphor
Mixed Metaphor
  • A succession of incongruous or ludicrous comparisons; metaphors jumbled together illogically
  • Function: Usually for comic effect to expose clichés and parody metaphors
  • Examples:
    • “Wake up and smell the coffee.” + “Read the writing on the wall.” = “Wake up and smell the coffee on the wall.”
    • "All at once he was alone in this noisy hive with no place to roost.” (Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities)
epithet
Epithet
  • A term used to characterize a person or thing or a descriptive substitute for the name of a person
  • Function: glorify people; evoke associations and feelings toward a subject; imagery
  • Examples:
    • “The Great Emancipator” Abraham Lincoln
    • “Catherine the Great”
    • “whale-road” (Beowulf)
    • “wine-dark sea” (Homer)
    • “star-crossed lovers” (Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare)
innuendo
Innuendo
  • A subtle or indirect observation about a person or thing, usually of a derogatory nature; an insinuation
  • Function: make an inappropriate remark indirectly; euphemism
  • Example:
    • “Lady, shall I lie in your lap?” (Hamlet, Shakespeare)
references
References
  • http://grammar.about.com/od/qaaboutrhetoric/f/QAmixmetaphor.htm
  • http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/mixed-metaphors.aspx
  • http://grammar.about.com/od/mo/g/mixmetterm.htm
  • http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/innuendo.htm
  • http://grammar.about.com/od/e/g/epitheterm.htm