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Poetic Terms in Song

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irony
when the opposite of what is expected occurs
simile
comparison using "like" or "as"
metaphor
comparison devoid of "like" or "as"
local color
details pertaining to a particular geographical location
imagery
language evoking sensory images
pun
a play on words in which multiple interpretations of a given word are possible
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds within a series of words
consonance
repetition of consonant sounds within a series of words
alliteration
repetition of sounds that begin a series of words
paradox
an inherently contradictory statement which may be construed as true or possible
point of view
the vantage point from which a story is told
narrative
story form
hyperbole
an exaggeration for effect
personification
the act of providing inanimate things with human characteristics
oxymoron
the juxtaposition of contradictory terms
verbal irony
a disparity of expression in which a literal meaning is contrary to its intended effect
dramatic irony
a disparity of expression and awareness
situational irony
when the result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect
ambiguity
the quality of being open to more than one interpretation
allegory
a figurative mode of expression conveying a meaning other than the literal
double entendre
a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in two ways
Bob Dylan
the greatest songwriter to ever grace our sweet Mother Earth
understatement
form of speech which contains an expression of less strength than what would be expected
allusion
a direct or indirect reference to something beyond the lyrics
cliche
an overused expression
symbolism
the use of symbols to represent things such as ideas and emotions
euphemism
an expression substituted for something unpleasant