A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions are used as symbols
the repetition of initial sounds in successive or neighboring words
a comparison between similar things, often in the form of "A is to B as C is to D"
the balancing of rhetorical opposites
A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.
a technique by which a writer addresses an inanimate object, an idea, or a person who is either dead or absent.
the repetition of vowel sounds in words close to one another
a song or song-like poem that tells a story and has a regular refrain
a pause or break within a line of poetry
a statement consisting of two parallel parts in which the second part is structurally reversed ("Susan walked in, and out rushed Mary.")
A type of form or structure in poetry characterized by regularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line length, and metrical pattern.
A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects
the implied or associative meaning of a word
the literal meaning of a word
repetition of consonant sounds
a word or phrase having a double meaning, especially when the second meaning is risque
A type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener. As readers, we become that silent listener.
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
A term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause usually indicated by a mark of punctuation.
a run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next; there is no punctuation at the end of the line