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					                      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?‛

                                                         OR

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
pointed words.

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."
(Montaigne)

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
associated with.
‚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
                                                                           feed.‛

				
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