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Literary Terms

April 30, 2013

We are going to look at literary terms in this lesson.

Personification:Giving human characteristics to an inanimate object.

Example: The car flew.

(image)red sports car

car

(image)B 52 bomber air plane flying

Air plane flying

A car unlike a plane cannot fly, this is an example of personification.

Smilie: Comparing two unlike objects using like to as to add dramatic effect.

Example: She is as smart as a tack.

(image)Female Lindsay Lohan

She

(image)Sharp tumb tack

green tack

This is a simile because she does not have a sharp pointy end.

Irony: the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

Example: She is as smart as a tack.

(image)Female Lindsay Lohan

She

(image)Sharp tumb tack

green tack

This is irony because she is not generally known to be very intelligent and it is being used for humorous effect.

Repetition: the use of repeated word or phrase for emphasis.

Example: The Taylor Swift song, “We are never ever getting back together”(link to lyrics) is a great example of the use of repetition.

(image) Country Singer Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

The chorus to her song, “We are never ever getting back together” is a great example of how repitition can increase the emphasis.

We are never, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me (talk to me)
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

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