Literary Device Project: Literary Terms Review
Cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it has become trite and sometimes boring.
Example: Many hands make light work. That’s the way the cookie crumbles! You can’t win ‘em all!
Apostrophe: A figure of speech in which some absent or nonexistent person or thing is addressed as
if present and capable of understanding. ‚Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?‛
A development of personification in which the writer addresses the object or concept that he has
personified. ‚Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again.‛
Aphorism: is a brief saying embodying a moral, a concise statement of a principle or precept given in
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
"Sits he on ever so high a throne, a man still sits on his bottom."
Pun: A pun is a figure of speech which consists of a deliberate confusion of similar words or phrases
for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious.
A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Energizer Bunny arrested -- charged with battery.
Metonymy: the naming of one particular thing being replaced by the name of something it is closely
‚The White House said today…‛ Myrtle Beach Welcomes You!
Synecdoche: a word or term used to refer to a whole thing or a part of it, or a specific class of things
related to that word.
‚All hands on deck!‛ ‚Nice wheels.‛ ‚I have too many mouths to