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Simile

Comparing two things using like or as.

Ex. The wind howled like a wild wolf.

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Metaphor

Comparing two things not using like or as

Ex. The clouds are puffy white cotton balls

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Personification

Giving human characteristics to nonhuman things.

Ex. When I walked outside, the sum smiled at me.

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Hyperbole

Making an over exaggeration

Ex. Timmy noticed that the girl's hair was ten feet long!

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Understatement

Making something sound less important than it actually is

Ex. *gets 100% on test* "I did ok."

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Onomatopoeia

The formation of a word from a sound

Ex. Thunk!

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Idiom

A saying whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings

Ex. Get it done before he kicks the bucket

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Pun

A play on words

Ex. Why did the cowboy want a dachshund?
He wanted to get a long little doggy.

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Oxymoron

A figure of speech that seems to contradict itself

Ex. Cruel kindness

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Tone

The authors attitude toward the subject

Ex. Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on here? (Annoyed tone)

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Mood

The overall feeling of a passage.

Ex. The clouds rolled overhead and the rain began to fall. Lightning struck and thunder cracked.

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Theme

The main idea or message of a story

Ex. Sherlock Holmes follows the theme of crime and detection.

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Alliteration

A device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series.

Ex. Lucy Lou looked later laboriously

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Imagery

Using literary devices to create a mental picture of a story.

Ex. Tom stepped into the dimly lot coffee house and whiffed the aroma of fresh coffee baked muffins.

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Proverb

A short popular saying

Ex. Time is money

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Symbolism

The use of symbols to give ideas symbolic meanings that are different from the literal meaning.

Ex. A dove is a symbol of peace.