Literary Devices from A to Z – Brought to you by the letter Z





is for Zoomorphism





According to The Free Dictionary, zoomorphism is the use”of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.” When using zoomorphism, animal traits are given to a human or inanimate object (Literary Terms and Definitions).

The morning after Malchus awakes in The Revenant, the weather is described as follows:

The air was chilled and damp, wind whistling as it pranced through the leaves of the tree-lined street. Sheila linked her arm through Malchus’s and shivered. A snowflake lit on the tip of her nose and then another.

In this passage, the wind prances, something we usually attribute to horses during a show. The snowflakes light on her nose, something we usually attribute to bugs or birds.

Pop quiz: Zoomorphism is closely linked to two other literary devices described in this blog through the challenge. What are they? Post your answers in the comments below.


The A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 was a blast! I hope you had as much fun reading my posts and writing your own as I did. 

Best wishes, everyone. I’ll catch up with you during Challenge 2015!

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2 Responses to Literary Devices from A to Z – Brought to you by the letter Z

  1. I haven’t been here enough to answer your question about the other literary device, but this one is completely new to me and very intriguing. Fabulous stuff and yes, perhaps in 2015 I’ll be by more regularly!

    Happy writing!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Julie.

    You too.

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