Book 2 Literary Techniques (Page 38)

 

 

JUXTAPOSITION

This is an important literary device for contrasting ideas and drawing the reader's attention to them.

Read the following passage. Identify the ideas that are juxtaposed and comment on their effect.

 
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The sunlight filtered through the large canopy of trees creating a dappled effect on the ground. The sound of bird life added to the serene scene. Leaves crackled underfoot as I moved gently across the large root systems of the jarrah trees.

Thunder roared and lightning flashed. The heavens opened with a massive downpour. The sound of conquering heavy machinery thumped in the background. A loud crash signified yet another death - a tall and proud jarrah.

QUESTIONS

a. What ideas are being juxtapositioned in this passage?

b. What impact does the use of juxtaposition have on the reader?

Turn to page 73 to compare your response with the sample response.

 
 

 

OXYMORON

This literary technique, when strategically used, focuses the reader on the real meaning of the sentence. It is often found in poetry and descriptive writing.

Read the following passage and identify the oxymorons.

 

 
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The cannons echoed
Shells razored through the air
Life was extinguished
In a moment of shame.

Bells thundered
Doves screamed
Candles bellowed
Mothers dreamed.

Lifeless bodies floundering in mud
Helmets broken, shrapnel screams
Life was extinguished
In a moment of shame.

QUESTION

a. Identify the lines where the poet has used oxymorons. Explain why you believe your choices are oxymorons.

Turn to page 73 to compare your response with the sample response.

 
 

 

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