Trope (literature)

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A literary trope is the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech.[1] Keith and Lundburg describe a trope as, "a substitution of a word or phrase by a less literal word or phrase."[2] The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring or overused literary and rhetorical devices,[3][4] motifs or clichés in creative works.[5][6] Literary tropes span almost every category of writing, such as poetry, film, plays, and video games.