Literary Devices.ppt by lanyuehua




Repetition of the same beginning sound in a sequence.

Examples :

Drew drew Drew
Reshetar rides rollercoasters
drowning in debt
a sea of sea shells
Example #1:
“From the time I was really little-maybe just
few months old-words were like sweet,
liquid gifts, and I drank them like
~Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Example #2:
Tongue Twisters are great examples of alliteration…

Three grey geese in a green field grazing, Grey were
the geese and green was the grazing.

A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or

An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be
taken literally.


I waited an eternity for summer to get here!
He could have slept for a year.
This book weighs a ton.

Listen to the hyperbole of the next poem by Jack Prelutsky.
I am making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that’s sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.

I’m topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.

My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.

The oven is hot, I believe it will take
a year and a half for my pizza to bake.
I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,
my wonderful pizza the size of the sun.
                                           Jack Prelutsky

Descriptive words or phrases that appeal to the 5 senses: sight,
sound, touch, taste, and smell- creating a picture in the reader’s

What is the mental picture or image you are left with after
reading the passage from “The Most Dangerous Game”
“He leaped upon the rail and balanced himself there, to get greater
elevation; his pipe, striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. He
lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had
reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short
as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head.”

“He struggle up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the
speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open
mouth made him gag.”

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

A figure of speech in which two things are compared, usually by
saying one thing is another, or by substituting a more descriptive
word for the more common or usual word that would be

Examples :

the world's a stage
he was a lion in battle
drowning in debt
a sea of troubles.
   God looked around His garden
      And saw an empty space
He then looked down upon this Earth
      And saw your tired face

  He knew that you were suffering
     He knew you were in pain
   He knew that you would never
      Get well on Earth again

He knew the roads were getting rough
    The mountains hard to climb
 So he puts his arms around you and
     Whispered Peace be Thine

   He closed your weary eyelids
       And lifted you for rest
   This garden must be beautiful
       He only takes the best
 Written by an anonymous teenager.

A figure of speech in which words are used to imitate sounds.

Examples :

In the morning
              yawn, stretch
to the bathroom
              scratch, blink
in the shower
              scrub, splash
to the closet
              whisk, rustle
down the hall
              thump, creak
in the kitchen
              clank, clink
to the car
              click, slam
on the road
              honk, screech
at the office
              tick, ring
out to lunch
              munch, slurp
return home
              thug, moan
on to bed
              shuffle, snore
Cathy Christensen

A figure of speech in which things or ideas are given human

Examples :

Dead leaves dance in the wind
Blind justice
Winter wrapped her cold fingers around me
“The high mountain wind coasted sighing
through the pass and whistled on the edges big
block of broken granite…”

“A scar of green grass cut across the flat. And
behind the flat another mountain rose, desolate
with dead rocks and starving little black

          “Flight” by John Steinbeck

A word or line that is repeated, usually to evoke an emotion or
create a rhythm.
“There were so many important moments. If I’d
missed the ticket, I wouldn’t be here. If I hadn’t
gone to the show, I wouldn’t be here. If I hadn’t
stuck around to see what Steve was up to, I wouldn’t
be here. If I hadn’t stolen Madam Octa, I wouldn’t
be here. If I’d said no to Mr. Crepsley’s offer, I
wouldn’t be here.

      A world of “ifs”, but it made no difference.
What was done was done. If I could go back in
time…” ~Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

The occurrence of the same sound at the end of two or more

Examples :

cat / hat
desire / fire
steak / fake
      English is a Pain! (Pane)
         Rain, Reign, rein,
         English is a pain.
        Although the words
          Sound just alike
    The spelling’s not the same!

             Bee, Be, B
      I’d rather climb a tree
        Than learn to spell
        The same old word,
    Not just one way, but three!

             Sight, Site, Cite
        I try with all my might.
            No matter which
            I finally choose,
    It’s not the one that’s right!

        There, Their, They’re,
    Enough to make you swear.
           Too many ways
         To write one sound,
     I just don’t think it’s fair!

            To, Two, Too
       So what’s a kid to do?
            I think I’ll do
           To live on Mars
And leave this mess with ewe! (you?)

    By Shirlee Curlee Bingham

A figure of speech in which two things are compared using the
word “like” or “as”.

Examples :

She felt like a wilted flower.
The boy charged in the room like a bull!
This class is like a 3 ring circus!
               The aliens have landed!
               It’s distressing, but they’re here.
               They piloted their flying saucer
               Through our atmosphere.

               They landed like a meteor
               Engulfed in smoke and flame.
               Then out they climbed immersed in slime
               And burbled as they came.

               Their hands are greasy tentacles.
               Their heads are weird machines.
               Their bodies look like cauliflower
               And smell like dead sardines.

               Their blood is liquid helium.
               Their eyes are made of granite.
               Their breath exudes the stench of foods
               From some unearthly planet.

               And if you want to see these
               Sickly, unattractive creatures,
Kenn Nesbitt   You’ll find them working in your school;
               They all got jobs as teachers!

Two or more lines of poetry that together form one of the
divisions of a poem.

poem = stanza as story = __________?

Stanza= paragraph of the poem

Read the following poem- how many stanzas are there?

                     This drawing represents a
                     poem with 2 stanza’s
                     with 4 lines each.
What is a Middle Schooler?
                                      They are aggressive and bossy,
What is a middle schooler         Also timid and shy.
I was asked one day.              They know all the answers,
I knew what they were             But still will ask “why?”
But what should I say?
                                  They are awkward and clumsy,
They are noise and confusion      Sometimes graceful and poised.
They are silent that is deep      They are ever changing,
Also sunshine and laughter,       But do not be annoyed.
Or a cloud that will weep.
                                  What is a Middle Schooler?
                                  I was asked one day.
    They are swift as an arrow.
                                  They are the future unfolding,
They are wasters of time.
                                  So do not stand in their way!
They want to be rich,
But cannot save a dime!

They are rude and nasty.          Written by an anonymous teenager
They are as polite as can be.
They want parental guidance,
But fight to be free.
The use of a word in a way that plays on its different

Noticing the bunch of bananas, the hungry gorilla
went ape.

I recently spent money on detergent to unclog my
kitchen sink. It was money down the drain.
   The use of one thing to represent another.

   A dove is a symbol of peace.

The donkey symbolizes The elephant symbolize   The flag
the Democratic Party. the Republican Party.    represents
Extension Terms

A comparison made between two things that may
    initially seem to have little in common
Used for illustration and/or argument.

Hand is to glove : Foot is to sock
Happy is to sad : Hot is to cold

Days wane away
Each beach beast thinks he's the best beast
The only other sound's the sweep
“ S t o p p i n g b y Wo o d s o n a S n o w y
Evening” by Robert Frost
“He gives his harness bells a shake
To a s k i f t h e r e i s s o m e m i s t a k e .
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The   woods     a r e l o v e l y, d a r k a n d d e e p .
But   I have   promises to keep,
And    miles   to go before I sleep,
And    miles   to go before I sleep.”
to speak well in the place of
the blunt, disagreeable,
terrifying or offensive term.
death becomes “to pass away”
Victorians first used “limb” for leg
Letting someone go instead of firing someone
Use the rest room instead of go to the bathroom
Fiction or nonfiction that
 teaches a specific lesson
 or moral or provides a
 model of correct behavior
 or thinking.
Aesop’s Fables-“The Tortoise and the Hare”
  (Plodding wins the race.)
“The Lion and the Mouse”-(Little friends may
  prove great friends)
The Ant and the Grasshopper 
An Aesop's Fable
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to
its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he
was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper,
"instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the
winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about
winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went
on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food
and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants
distributing every day corn and
grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
Moral of Aesops Fable: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity

Idioms are phrases or expressions that have hidden
meanings. The expressions don't mean exactly what the
words say.

It’s raining cats and dogs.
Things got a little out of hand.
Does the cat have your tongue.
Language that conveys a
certain idea by saying just
the opposite.
The Titanic was promoted as being 100% unsinkable; but, in 1912
the ship sank on its maiden voyage.
You beg your parents to let you have a kitten, then you dis-cover
you’re deathly aller-gic to them.
A seeming contradiction.
“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
“You shouldn't go in the water until you know how to swim.”
 “Be cruel to be kind.”-from Hamlet by Shakespeare
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales
(C.S. Lewis to his godchild, Lucy Barfield, to whom he
dedicated The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
A work that makes fun of something or someone.

“Weekend     Update” from Saturday Night Live
Most political cartoons in newspapers and magazines
“The Gift of the Magi”, by O. Henry is a story of two people, much in love, who are
   very poor and want to give a Christmas gift to one another. She is very proud of her
   long, beautiful hair and he is equally proud of his pocket watch. The irony comes in
   to play when she cuts and sells her hair to buy him a chain for his watch, and he
   sells the watch to buy her combs for her hair.
A monologue in which a character expresses his or her thoughts to the
audience and does not intend the other characters to hear them.
“To be or not to be, that is the question.” from Hamlet written by Shakespeare

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