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the repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants or consonant clusters at the beginning of words.
a reference to a person, a place, an event, or a literary work that a writer expects the reader to recognize and respond to.
a figure of speech in which an absent or a dead person, an abstract quality, or something non-human is addressed directly
harshness or discordancy of sound; the opposite of euphony. Usually the result of awkward alliteration as in tongue‐twisters, it is sometimes used by poets for deliberate effect.
is the figure of speech in which two or more clauses are related to each other through a reversal of structures in order to make a larger point
a kind of developed metaphor that makes a comparison between two startlingly different things
The act of interpreting or discovering the meaning of a text. Explication usually involves close reading and special attention to figurativelanguage.
Figurative language is a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness.
figure of speech
A Figure of Speech is where a word or words are used to create an effect, often where they do not have their original or literal meaning.
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or create a comic effect
metaphor suggested by the use of words without an explicit statement of equivalent.
metaphor that has become so common that we no longer even notice that it is a figure of speech
a figure of speech in which something very closely associated with a thing is used to stand for or suggest the thing itself. (the "crown" instead of the "king")
a literary medium distinguished from poetry especially by its greater irregularity and variety of rhythm and its closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech
a play on the multiple meanings of a word or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings
a word, phrase, line, or group of lines repeated regularly in a poem, usually at the end of each stanza
the repetition of accented vowel sounds and all sounds following them in words that are close together in a poem
the kind of writing that ridicules human weakness, vice, or folly in order to bring about social reform.
comparison made between two things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as like or as
fourteen line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter that has one of several rhyme schemes.
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