American Literature Tropes

Allusion
Implying, reminding of

Apostrophe
Talking to something that cannot answer back

Hyperbole
Exaggeration

Irony
Opposite of expected happens

Juxtaposition
two things put together to be compared

Metaphor
Similar to simile, but without like

Metonymy
Using a word to compare it to something

Oxymoron
Two word paradox, like attack of peace

Paradox
Statement that seems to self contradict, but not really

Personification
Gives human attribution to animals, objects, or ideas.

Simile
Comparing two things using like

Synecdoche
Using a substitution of part of object to describe the whole thing (Wheel for automobile)

Understatement
Express an idea as less important than it actually is