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repetition of initial sounds in a line.


the use of words that sound like what they mean (hush)


the repetition of sounds at the ends of words(songlike quality)


uses like or as to compare apparently unlike things (Willow and Ginkgo)


compares apparently unlike things by describing one as if it were the other, w/o using like or as (Fame is a Bee)


compares apparently unlike things by describing something non-human as of it were human (April Rain Song)

folk tales

stories told by and about ordinary people that communicate the shared ideas of a culture


stories that usually feature animals that speak and act like humans that usually has a moral, a lesson about how to live

free verse

a poem with no set rhyme , rhythm or meter.


A three line unrhymed form of Japanese poetry, often about nature, which follow a syllable pattern of 5-7-5


a narrative handed down from the past, containing historical elements and usually supernatural elements


A traditional story about gods, ancestors, or heroes, told to explain the natural world or the customs and beliefs of a society.


a pattern of words or sentence construction used for rhetorical effect


the person speaking in the poem, like the narrator in prose - not always the poet


Lines of poetry separated into groups.

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