Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Literary Terms and Quotes

Last weeks writers help drew quite a few responses so I'd thought I would try some more "literary terms" this week.

Literary Terms & Quotes

An example of personification?

whispering trees.

An example of onomatopoeia?


An example of hyperbole?

She is as big as a house.

An example of assonance?

I like pie.

An example of alliteration?

Shannon shook the sugar.

An example of a simile?

Life is like a box of chocolates.

An example of a metaphor?

Life is a dream.

An example of a foil?

Tom and Jerry.

A connotation of the word 'mean'?


What word is used for the Japanese form of poetry that is written in three lines consisting of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively?

haiku. Haikus usually are related to nature, but not always.

What is verbal irony?

Sarcasm. One example would be "That sock smells like roses" after it has been sitting in a gym locker for three months.


Good example of a cliches: the ubiquitous 'broken heart', the everpresent 'spinning world', and the irritating 'burning love'. These weaken poems.

Barry Eva (Storyheart)
Author of "Across the Pond"

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