Anyway, (I'm totally jumping in without transitions here) how well-versed are you in literary devices? Do you even know what they are? Here's a quick rundown to refresh your college-day memories.
- ALLEGORY: A visible symbol representing an abstract idea. It's also generally an extension of a metaphor. For instance, the grim reaper is a symbol of death, and everyone knows it. So if you have this:
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You immediately know and understand that the skeleton with the scythe is really death coming for the man in the picture. (And not just a zombified skeleton who looks like he's asking the man for a dance, or telling him to cut the super long grass in his backyard. Er...)
- ALLITERATION: The use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse.
E.g. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
- ALLUSION: Passing reference or indirect mention; Also, a reference to a famous person or even in life or literature.
- ANALOGY: Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect.
- ASSONANCE: The repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words. Mostly used in verse, not prose.
- CLIMAX: The decisive moment in a novel or play; it represents the point of greatest tension in the work.
- FORESHADOWING: The act of providing vague advance indications; hints of what is to come in an action of a play or story.
- HYPERBOLE: Extravagant exaggeration.
When told to clean up his toys: "Mom! It's gonna take me forever and ever!"
When told to pick up her backpack from the floor: "It's so heavy, my arm's gonna fall off!"
When they're eager to go outside and play, but Mom says to wait for her: "Mom, you're taking bajillion years!"
- METAPHOR: A figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity.
- ONOMATOPEIA: Using words that imitate the sound they denote.
- OXYMORON: Conjoining contradictory terms. Another excellent example of how we can play with our words!
- PERSONIFICATION: The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas, etc.
- PUN: A humorous play on words.
- SIMILE: A figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with "like" or "as").
Okay, class dismissed!