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Literary Devices: Who are you? Print Page

Homage to Great Writers


Who are you?

Literary devices are ways to make our writing clearer and more descriptive. These are devices we can use to make our poetry better.

1. Rhyme: Some poems have a pattern rhyme at the end of each line. For example, words rhyme in pairs (aa,bb) or some have a skip-skip pattern (abab). Check out the rhyming patterns of your favorite poems or make up some of your own..

2.  Hyperboles are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect. Ex. I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.

3. Alliteration: The same sound starts a series of words or syllables. Ex. The cold clammy hands clasped my neck.

4. Similes: A simile is a comparison using the words "like" or "as". Ex. He was as comfortable as a bug in a rug.

5. Personification: Personification is making a non-living object seem alive, like a person. Ex. The wind groaned.

6. Onomatopoeia: The sound of the word imitates the original sound. Ex. The door creaked when I opened it.

7. Metaphors: A metaphor is a comparison in which something is said to be something else. Ex. the clouds are fluffy pillows.

Example Poem: I Am From Roots Planted in Many Soils

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