- Literary, Historical, Classical or Biblical - allusions are indirect references to another literary work, historical event, or person.
- “Don’t bite the apple, Eve” (Jay Z)
- Exaggeration. Like really.
- On the other hand, a litote is another popular device in which a person under-exaggerates. These are often fun. Like when you fall, and your friend says "Are you okay?" and you're all like, "Nah, I just broke my neck a little."
- Similes and Metaphors are both types of comparisons - one using "like" and one not.
- "Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whipping Pastries" is a simile.
- Calling your friend a back-stabbing toad when you feel betrayed is employing a metaphor.
- Repetition of words beginning with the same consonant sounds.
- Giving person like qualities to non-persons. Usually these non-persons are conceptual in nature - like The Spirit of Christmas, and Death - or like talking about how the city "comes alive" at night.
- Anthropomorphism, similarly, is when writers turn things like cars, ponies, or giant mice into "people".
Pretty Common Poetic Devices
Starting the semester off right by discussing literary devices commonly employed by writers across genre.
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