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Allusion
Referring to an historic event, person or place
He wrote sonnets in the voice of Shakespeare
simile
making a comparison using like or as
She was fast as lightening
metaphor
making a comparison with out using the words like or as
No one would acknowledge the elephant in the room, but all knew there was a problem.
idiom
when the sum of a phrase means something other than the individual words.
"Break a Date"
personification
giving a non human object or thing human characteristics.
"The sun yawned over the horizon"
onomatopoeia
when words' sounds reflect their meaning
"buzz"
imagery
description appealing to the five senses
analogy
point-by-point comparison between two dissimilar things in order to clarify the less similar of the two
apples are to fruit as cumin is to spice
hyperbole
exaggeration of truth used to humor or emphasize
irony
the contrast between what is expected and reality
"Red Chief enjoyed being kidnapped"
alliteration
repetition of the beginning consonant sound for emphasis
'...flying fearless and fleet..."
oxymoron
combination of two contradictory words
"deafening silence"
"jumbo shrimp"