Category Archives: Figurative Vs. Literal Language

Literary Devices

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1. Alliteration: It refers to the same consonant sounds in words coming together. For example:

Better butter always makes the batter better.
She sells seashells at seashore.

2.  Allusion:  an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

3.  Foreshadowing:   is an advance sign or warning of what is to come in the future.

4.  Hyperbole: It is deliberate exaggeration of actions and ideas for the sake of emphasis. For example:

Your bag weighs a ton!
I have got a million issues to look after!

5.  Simile and Metaphor: Both compare two distinct objects and draws similarity between them. The difference is that Simile uses “as” or “like” and Metaphor does not. For example:

He is an old fox very cunning. (Metaphor)

“My love is like a red red rose” (Simile)

6. Personification: It gives a thing, an idea or an animal human qualities. For example:

The flowers are dancing beside the lake.
Have you see my new car? She is a real beauty!

7.  Onomatopoeia:  When a writer spells out a word that makes a sound.  For example:  “BAM!”  or “Meep Meep.”