Literary Devices

A very common device is a simile. A simile is a comparison between two unlike things that have something in common. They always use the words like or as. For example one simile could be, the boy ran as fast as lightning! Another one could be, that boys face is as soft as a baby's bottom!And like the picture right here, that boy sleeps like a log. You see the key words, like or as, that tells you that it is comparing something. In A Wrinkle in Time one example is , " Fortinbras streaked in wet and shiny as a seal."


Another literary device is a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that have something in common. They don't use the words like or as. For example one could be, that mans brain is a working business. Another could be, you're Albert Einstein. But these are just a couple. One example in a Wrinkle in Time is  Mrs. Whatsit is a messenger of God and she is  guardian angel, NOT, she is like a messenger of God. One famous example is, love is a lemon, either bitter or sweet.


A funny device is an alliteration. An alliteration is the use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse. One example is, Some Smug Slug. Or another one could be this one to the left," Two Tentative Trees Talking Tenaliowsly Together". Another famous one is, "Peter Piper Picked A Peck of Pickled Peppers..." and so on.


Imagery is a very imaginative or creative device. Imagery is used in literature to refer to descriptive language that evokes sensory experience. One example of imagery is , "The Crimson liquid spilled from the neck of the white dove, staining and matting its pure white feathers." That is a really good example of imagery because you can really visualize with all of the detail being used. One example of making a very great imagery sentence is looking at a picture like this one and saying, what is going on here? Is anyone in the picture? What is in the picture? So then you gather up all of your information and make into one descriptive sentence. An image is a word or phrase that appeals to one of our senses. They can help us , create a mental picture, hear a sound, feel texture or temperature, taste a sweet, sour, or salt flavor. Imagery is a part of a poet's style, a product of the poet's own way of seeing the world , a reflection of time and place.Poets and painters both create vivid images. People use imagery to speak to our deepest feelings, emphasize certain qualities of a subject or create a mood. Look at this image and describe things you can: hear, see, or touch.


Personification is a good device. Personification is treating an abstract or inanimate object as if it were living. So personification is making an object seem real by giving it human qualities. One example is this one to my left, that cars engine drank as much oil as he could to get rid of his thirst. Another one could be, the wind was screaming in my ear.


Onomatopoeia is the property of a word that sounds like what it represents. There are many word like that in comics or cartoons. Some examples are, pow, wapow, tick tock, meow, moooo! And there are many more but easy ones are sounds animals make. This is what an onomatopoeia is.


An Allusion is a reference in a work of literature to another work of literature, person or event in history. An allusion could be telling you something. For example, in A Wrinkle in Time the dog's name ,Fortinbras, is the dog's name in Hamlet and it means brave. So the name being Fortinbras, maybe you can tell that the Murrys' like literature.

                                            Sensory Detail

Sensory detail is when you describe something using your five senses. Sensory detail is often used while describing a setting. When you describe a setting you use sight, hear, taste, smell, and feel. Using sensory detail often lets you picture the scene better and more accurately. I don't really see this in a book, but you can tell when it happens, when you see the five senses describing something.


Repetition is the simple repeating of a word, within a sentence or a poetical line with no particular placement of words, in order to emphasize. So it's just repeating words in a sentence. One example could be, "The man was lying on the rock, feeling the rock and looking at the rock." That could be an example because it keeps repeating rock.

                                            Rhythm ABAB

Rhythm is like a process with a pattern that makes a beat. Rhythm abab would be an ordered pattern. For example, A:Fernando had a pet that was a cat, B:He took it to his school during lunch, A: It had taken the principal's blue hat, B: So he wanted to yell at it a bunch. Se how the first A line rhymes with the third line A, with cat and hat. Then the second line B rhymed with the fourth line B, with lunch and bunch. If you kept it going in a poem or something it would create a rhythm. A rhythm called rhythm abab. This is a sonnet( a sonnet is a type of poem that has three sets of four lines using abab rhythm and a couplet in the end) using rhythm abab:
1                     SONNET
A: Once upon a time there was a black cat,
B: It was owned by a very selfish boy,
A: For an animal it was pretty fat,
B: Since its owner always fed it his toy.
A: The boy and cat lived in a far far land,
B: The owner had always been really mean,
A: Because he always smacked it with his hand,
B: But he had still have to feed it a bean.
A: Although the cat lived a very bad life,
B: It and its owner had times of laughter,
A: It never became a spouse of a wife,
B: It soon lived happily ever after.

A: Although this wasn't totally the end,
A: For its life soon came to a greater bend.

This is my sonnet. It had a total of fourteen lines with ten syllables in each. It was three quatrains and one couplet. It had the correct rhythm. That is all.