The Writer’s Helpers, or Burdens? by J. Spence




The Writer’s Helpers: They add color and strong, visual imagery to prose. Let’s discuss nine of them:

1. Alliteration

2. Analogy

3. Exaggeration (Hyperbole)

4. Metaphor

5. Onomatopoeia (pronounced on-o-mah-tow-pee-ya)

6. Oxymoron

7. Personification

8. Pun

9. Simile


1. Alliteration: use of similar sounds within a single sentence. Gives a sense of rhythm or to convey a certain mood or feeling. Remember: Use sparingly!

2. Analogy: is a partial comparison between two very different things.

3. Exaggeration (Hyperbole): “bigger than life.” Expanding on what is norm.

4. Metaphor: implies a likeness between two people or things, even though it is clear that they are not the same. Eg. The man was as tall as a mountain.

5. Onomatopoeia: big word that means to translate sounds we hear into vocal language by reproducing the sounds into words. Eg. aft, bow-wow, moo, swish, thump

6. Oxymoron: links two things together that seem opposites. Eg. The ice burned his lips.

7. Personification: used to give human qualities to objects or animals.

8. Pun: double meaning words. Often words that have the same vocal sound but different spellings are used interchangeably.

9. Simile: sister to the metaphor above. Whereas a metaphor implies likeness, the simile comes right out and says that one thing is another.


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