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Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia

The use of words whose sounds suggest the sounds made by objects or activities.

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“Blind eyes could blaze like meteors”

“Blind eyes could blaze like meteors”

ONOMATOPOEIA

Other examples:

buzz, hum, kiss

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Symbol/Symbolism

Symbol/Symbolism

Something concrete, such as an object, action, character, or scene that stands for something abstract such as a concept or an idea.

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“Do not go gentle into that good night

“Do not go gentle into that good night

Rage, Rage against the dying of the light”

SYMBOL/SYMBOLISM

Both phrases are symbols that

stand for death.

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Theme

Theme

The main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work.

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“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”

“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes”

THEME

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Conceit

Conceit

Comparing two very dissimilar things. Usually involves cleverness and ingenuity.

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“Our love is like parallel lines”

“Our love is like parallel lines”

CONCEIT

This is also a simile.

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Metonymy

Metonymy

A term naming an object is substituted for another word with which it is closely associated with.

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“Only through the sweat of your brow can you achieve success”

“Only through the sweat of your brow can you achieve success”

METONYMY

“Sweat” stands for hard work.

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Heroic couplet

Heroic couplet

A pair of rhymed verse lines that contain a complete thought.

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“But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

“But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.”

HEROIC COUPLET

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