Literary Devices

Since this is a short week, I thought I would post a few literary devices that have given me trouble. Also, at the end of each week’s post, I will share a word that I either like the sound of or enjoy its meaning.


Metaphor – A comparison. He was an angel in the living room but a demon in the bedroom.


Simile – Similar to a metaphor but usually using comparison words such as like, as, so. Her muffins were as hard as hockey pucks. His smile was like a cadaverous rictus.


Analogy – A comparison to show a similarity. A nation’s blind obedience to its leader is analogous to herd mentality.

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This week’s word: Lambent – adjective. The flickering candles spread their lambent light over the spartan furnishings.


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