Poetic Devices

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Alliteration

The deliberate repetition of consonant sounds

Assonance

Deliberate repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds

Apostrophe

An address to a person absent or dead or to an abstract entity

Diction

Poet's distinctive choices in vocabulary

Echo

Repetition of key word or idea for effect

Hyperbole

Exaggeration for dramatic effect

Metaphor

A comparison not using as or like when one thing is said to be another

Onomatopoeia

"Sound echoing sense"; use of words resembling the sounds they mean

Oxymoron

A seeming contradiction in two words put together

Paradox

Seeming contradiction that surprises by its truth

Personification

Attribution of human motives or behaviors to impersonal agencies

Rhyming couplet

A pair of lines which end-rhyme expressing one clear thought

Rhyme

Repetition of same sounds

Rhythm

Internal 'feel' of beat and meter perceived when poetry is read aloud

Simile

A comparison using "as" or "like"

Tone, mood

Feelings or meanings conveyed in the poem

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