use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable
The use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person, thing, place, or experience
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
The work of poets, particularly those of the seventeenth century, that uses elaborate conceits, is highly intellectual, and expresses the complexities of love and life
substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')
eight iambic lines, usually iambic pentameters. Each stanza consists of three alternate rhymes and one double rhyme, following the a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c pattern.
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
phrases or sentences of a similar construction/meaning placed side by side, balancing each other
rhyme in which the vowel sounds are nearly, but not exactly the same (i.e. the words "stress" and "kiss"); sometimes called half-rhyme, near rhyme, or partial rhyme
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c
rhythm consisting of variable meter, which combines stressed and unstressed syllables fashioned by the author.
Stream of Consciousness
the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author