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Small request: Can we please stop teaching alliteration as a figurative language when it’s clearly a sound device?!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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I teach poetic/literary devices, which covers figurative language & sound devices as well as other things, like foreshadowing & irony. Just change the title of the lesson and it's fine. A rose by any other name and all that

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Unfortunately, I think you’ve missed the point. The mislabel is still there regardless of the overall lesson name. Especially on state tests and TPT.

Does it really matter? I’m pretty sure my students’ futures are not going to hang on this distinction. I do appreciate your passion for the subject though.

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It’s both.

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No…it’s really not. Alliteration doesn’t use any figures of speech the way that idiom, oxymoron, hyperbole, simile or metaphor does. Somewhere ages and ages hence, a professor was like it’s both and now…here we all are.

I am just happy when my students can find & share alliteration...

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I always get frustrated with this as well.

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Figurative: from Latin figūrātus, past participle of figūrāre "to shape, make a likeness of, represent" Obviously "figurative" has multiple usages and meanings. Don't all so-called sound devices "shape" sounds into expression? Don't words "make a likeness" or image in the mind? Doesn't ALL language "represent" concepts and things? Why would you make this an issue?

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"Now, class, what further meaning was the poet attempting to convey by use of that alliterative phrase?" = both

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