Literary Devices Trivia

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"Purple puppies like playing on the playground." This is an example of

Answer: Alliteration
The given statement, "Purple puppies like playing on the playground," is an example of alliteration because it contains the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of multiple words. In this case, the "p" sound is repeated in "purple puppies" and "playing on the playground." Alliteration is a literary device used to create rhythm, emphasize certain words or phrases, and make the text more memorable.

"Hope is the things with feathers That perches on the soul, And sings the tune without words And never stops at all." (Emily Dickinson) This poem contains an example of:

Answer: Slant Rhyme
This poem contains a metaphor ("Hope is the thing with feathers") and also a slant rhyme. The correct answer is slant rhyme because the metaphor is NOT a choice. A slant rhyme is not an exact rhyme but a near rhyme. The slant occurs between the 2nd and 4th lines ("soul" and "all").

You've grown taller than a skyscraper.

Answer: Hyperbole
Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses strong exaggeration to create emphasis. Hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves extreme exaggeration for emphasis or effect. It's characterized by statements not meant to be taken literally.

"Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again ..." (Paul Simon, The Sounds of Silence)

Answer: Apostrophe
An apostrophe is when somebody addresses an abstract concept or inanimate object as if it were alive. This is different from personification (when an inanimate object or abstract idea is represented as animated or endowed with personality). With an apostrophe, these things are merely addressed.

The Latin phrase Memento Mori is:

Answer: A reminder of one's mortality
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates to "remember that you must die." It is commonly used as a reminder of the inevitability of death and the transient nature of life. This concept is often depicted through various artistic mediums, such as paintings or sculptures, to encourage individuals to reflect on their own mortality and live their lives with a sense of urgency and purpose. The phrase serves as a reminder to prioritize what truly matters in life and not take it for granted.

"Singing the song of procreation, Singing the need of superb children and therein superb grown people, Singing the muscular urge and the blending…” (Walt Whitman) These lines are an example of:

Answer: Anaphora
The given lines from Walt Whitman's poem exhibit anaphora, a rhetorical device where the same word or phrase is repeated at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences. In this case, the repetition of the phrase "Singing" at the beginning of each line creates a rhythmic effect and emphasizes the theme of singing and procreation. The repetition of this word also helps to unify the lines and draw attention to the importance of the ideas being expressed.

The funeral home was built next to a children's nursery. This is an example of

Answer: Juxtaposition
These two buildings (funeral home and children's nursery) were placed side-by-side. This nearness or proximity provides an interesting comparison that is jarring and forces us to think about the proximity of life and death.

"Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone" (Love Story by Taylor Swift). This song makes use of:

Answer: Literary Allusion
The line "Romeo takes me somewhere we can be alone" from Taylor Swift's song "Love Story" makes use of a literary allusion. It refers to the characters Romeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," using the names to create a romantic and timeless narrative in the song.

This image is an example of:

Answer: Anthropomorphism
This is ANTHROPOMORPHISM and not personification because anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings (living). Personification is giving human traits to non-living (inanimate) objects.

"Irony" is when an event or response occurs that is the ____ of what is expected.

Answer: Opposite
Irony refers to a situation where the outcome or response is the opposite of what is expected. Therefore, the correct answer is "Opposite" as it aligns with the definition of irony.
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