Poetic & Literary Devices: Definitions

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end rhyme

rhyme at the end of lines

couplet

two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

internal rhyme

rhyme within a line

exact rhyme

perfect rhyme

approximate rhyme

words that almost rhyme

rhythm

musical quality in language produced by repetition

meter

pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry

alliteration

repetition of initial consonant sounds

assonance

repetition of vowel sounds

refrain

repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines

simile

comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"

metaphor

direct comparison of two unlike things

personification

giving human qualities to animals or objects

pun

humorous play on words

hyperbole

extreme exaggeration

idiom

commonly used expression

verbal irony

when you say one thing and mean something else

situational irony

situation that turns out to be just the opposite of what you would expect

dramatic irony

when you know something that a character doesn't know

dialogue

conversations between two or more characters

dialect

way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular place or group of people

imagery

language that creates word pictures and appeals to your senses

onomatopoeia

use of words with sounds that imitate or suggest their meaning

symbol

something that has meaning in itself and also stands for something else

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