Metaphoric Devices/Imagery Flashcards Preview

AP Literature and Composition > Metaphoric Devices/Imagery > Flashcards

Flashcards in Metaphoric Devices/Imagery Deck (8)
Loading flashcards...


-in which a thing, idea, or animal is given human attributes
-helps the reader understand the point the author is trying to get across



-in which the part of something is used to represent the whole or it may use a whole to represent a part
-example: a fleet of ships may be represented as "forty sails"
-often used to give common ideas and objects deeper meanings, which then contributes to the work as a whole



-the substitution of an associated word for the word itself
-example: "the throne" is a metonymic symbol for "the king"
-can be used with ironic effect



-a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance
-example: Jane Eyre calling her cousin as wicked as the roman empires
-used so the reader can comprehend the complex ideas of the text by comparing the author's tone to the reference the author makes



-a typical character, an action or a situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature
-may be a character, a theme, a symbol or even a setting
-gives a literary work universal significance in that people from all over the world can identify with it


Abstract Imagery

-Language that describes qualities that cannot be perceived with the five senses
-example: love, patriotism, beauty, time


Concrete Imagery

-Language that describes qualities that can be perceived with the five senses
-example: lips, gun, silky gown, shrill cry



-a recurrent image, idea or a symbol that develops or explains a theme while a theme is a central idea or message
-example: the motif of superstition in Huckleberry Finn, that ultimately foreshadows what's to come in the story