Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Top 10 Literary Devices Everyone should Know and Use

10. Irony: words used that often mean something different or the
                   opposite of what they mean  

A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets.

 9. Parallelism: repetition of word or phrases to emphasize a point

My favorite foods are pizza, chocolate, steak and donuts.

8. Metaphor: compares two things where one is the other

He is the apple of my eye.

7. Simile: compares two things using like or as

He is as fast as a cheetah.

6. Oxymoron: the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated words

The paper tablecloth flapped in the wind.

5. Onomatopoeia: words that represent sounds

The floor board squeaked as I ran across it.

4. Personification: using animals or inanimate objects are given
                                   human qualities  

The clock screamed the time.

3. Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of

Sister Susie sat in the sun.

2. Hyperbole: an exaggeration

The dog weighed a ton.

1. Imagery: descriptive language that attempts to invoke one or
                         more of the five senses

The azure sky melted into the horizon across the tumbling waves.

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