• alliteration: the repetition of a beginning sound in words that are close together
    • allusion: reference to literature, history, or current event
    • hyperbole: exaggeration or overstatement
    • idiom: old saying or expression; it is considered cliché
    • imagery: language that appeals to the senses
    • metaphor: comparison of two unlike things not using "like," "as," or "than"
    • mood: feelings evoked by a text
    • onomatopoeia: words that are spelled the way they sound
    • oxymoron: use of two contradictory words for effect
    • personification: giving human qualities to an animal or object
    • pun: play on words
    • simile: comparison of two unlike things using "like," "as," or "than"
    • symbolism: when one thing represents something larger than itself
    • word choice: making sure language is mature, creative, and appropriate