Literary Devices – ENG3U7
Allegorical Elements: Representations or symbolizations of ideas and concepts; can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
Alliteration: The repetition of the beginning sounds of adjacent or closely connected words
Allusion: A figure of speech that makes a reference to, or a representation of, people, places, events literary work, myths, or works of art
Anadiplosis: The repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
Analogy: Comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship
Anaphora: The repetition of the same word at the beginning of successive verse lines, clauses, or phrases
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Parison: A rhetorical term for corresponding structure in a series of phrases or clauses – adjective to adjective, noun to noun, etc.
Patronymics: Derived from a father’s name
Periphrasis: The use of indirect and circumlocutory speech or writing
Personification: Giving human qualities to animals or objects
Polyptoton: Repetition within a sentence of a word in a different case or inflection
Polysyndeton: The use of several conjunctions in close succession
Pun: The use of a word that has two meanings, almost always resulting in humour
Satire: The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
Simile: A comparison between...