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Literary Devices Try one of these with poetry, prose, or drama!
Paradox DefinitionExample Using contradiction in a manner that oddly makes sense on a deeper level Without laws, we can have no freedom And all men kill the thing they love ~Oscar Wilde Cowards die many times before their deaths (Julius Caesar)
Personification DefinitionExample A trope in which abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are given human character, traits, abilities, or reactionstrope Sylvia Plath's "The Moon and the Yew Tree," in which the moon "is a face in its own right, / White as a knuckle and terribly upset. / It drags the sea after it like a dark crime."
pOLYSYNDETON (pah-lee-sin-duh-tuhn) DefinitionExample Using many conjunctions to achieve an overwhelming effect in a sentence Conjunction: FANBOYS For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so "This term, I am taking biology and English and history and math and music and physics and sociology." All those ands make the student sound like she is completely overwhelmed. Try replacing the ands with commas… see how the pace and tone change.
Hyperbole DefinitionExample the trope of exaggeration or overstatement "His thundering shout could split rocks.“ "Yo mama's so fat...."
Vegetationsdamon DefinitionExample A deity or spirit that represents (or is directly equivalent to) the vitality of domestic crops and/or native vegetation. This spirit would (in enacted ritual, in sacrifice, or in mythological narratives) grow and mature as the crops would grow and mature, but when the crops would be harvested, or when the seasons would change with autumn, the vegetationsdämon would either wither in death or would be struck down and killed in the harvest. I.e.: the vegetationsdämon is synonymous to a nature spirit. Depending upon the mythic version, either the vegetationsdämon would be replaced by a new spirit with the new season, or the dead spirit would spontaneously resurrect and appear in the new season in young and vital form again.
T RY IT ON YOUR OWN Working with a partner, write a short piece (one or two paragraphs, one or two stanzas) using one of the techniques.