Literary Devices and Definitions
Test your knowledge of literary devices by identifying them in different contexts and defining terms such as denotation, and the portrayal of appearance versus reality.
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Slide1DefinitionsIdentify Identify the literary device the literary device in context (1) in context (2) 100 100 100 200 200 200 300 300 300 400 400 400 500 500 500
Slide2A word’s dictionary meaning, independent of other associations that a word may have.
Slide3AnswerAnswer What is denotation?
Slide4The general term for literacy techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality, or expectation and result.
Slide5AnswerAnswer What is irony?
Slide6A comparison between two or more things that are similar in some ways but otherwise unlike.
Slide7AnswerAnswer What is an analogy?
Slide8A set of ideas associated with a word in addition to its explicit meaning.
Slide9AnswerAnswer What is connotation?
Slide10Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter lines.
Slide11AnswerAnswer What is blank verse?
Slide12“Life is a broken-winged bird”
Slide13AnswerAnswer What is a metaphor?
Slide14“The rain will never stop falling.”
Slide15AnswerAnswer What is a hyperbole?
Slide16“He hears the hum of the boy’s dream”
Slide17AnswerAnswer What is an onomatopoeia?
Slide18“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,”
Slide19AnswerAnswer What is an internal rhyme?
Slide20“And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—”
Slide21AnswerAnswer What is personification?
Slide22“and he dips his wing in the orange sun rays”
Slide23AnswerAnswer What is imagery?
Slide24“The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees”
Slide25AnswerAnswer What is a couplet?
Slide26“She carries sweet scents of rain and is soft spoken.”
Slide27AnswerAnswer What is alliteration?
Slide28“ I know why the caged bird beats his wing Till its blood is red on the cruel bars For he must fly back to his perch and cling When he fain would be on the bough a-swing; And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars And they pulse again with a keener sting– I know why he beats his wing!
Slide29AnswerAnswer What is the caged bird?
Slide30“The wind’s a little girl name Wendy. When she passes our window, she taps the pane or just looks in to see you. You see, No One is with her and she is lonely. The trees sometimes sing that and bow in respect. Last week, when you listened from the porch steps, did you notice?”
Slide31AnswerAnswer What is the wind?