• Idiom

    Idiom

    An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom's figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.

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  • Alliteration

    Alliteration

    Alliteration happens when words that start with the same sound (not just the same letter) are used repeatedly in a phrase or sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don't have to be right next to one another.

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  • Onomatopoeia

    Onomatopoeia

    An onomatopoeia is a word that actually looks like the sound it makes, and we can almost hear those sounds as we read.

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  • Hyperbole

    Hyperbole

    Hyperbole is an outrageous exaggeration that emphasizes a point. It tends toward the ridiculous or the funny. Hyperbole adds color and depth to a character.

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  • Personification

    Personification

    Personification gives human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, or ideas. This can really affect the way the reader imagines things. Personification is often used in poetry, fiction, and children's rhymes.

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Last Modified on April 19, 2020