A kind of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imagination.
the continuation of meaning, without pause or break, from one line of poetry to the next; run-on line
the author's choice of words that creates tone, attitude, and style, as well as meaning ex: formal/colloquial, abstract/concret, literal/figurative
the use of specific types of words, phrases, or literary structures that are not common in contemporary speech or prose
the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language); local language of dialect
a word or phrase (including slang) used in everyday conversation and informal writing but that is often inappropriate in formal writing (y'all, ain't)
A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.
Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity; comparison with out like or as
substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads', press, bottle, xerox)
a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part (ex: i hear america singing, hands for laborers)
the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example angry clouds; a cruel wind.
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words (sweat dreams)
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words (middle/muddle)
Words spelled the same and look alike but sound differently due to pronunciation changes over the years (ever/persever)
The repetition of the consonant that preceeds as well as the one
that follows, the last stressed vowel; the resulting pair of words are pronounced
alike but have different meanings. (seen/scene)
the meter units consist of a recurrent pattern of stresses in a recurrent number of syllables. The stress-and-syllable type has been the predominant meter of English poetry since the fourteenth century (chaucer)
The process of measuring the stresses in a line of verse in order to determine the metrical pattern of the line; uses specific visual symbols