The repetition of identical or similar consonant sounds. The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Ex: Alice's aunt ate apples and acorns around August
An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference. Ex: To His Coy Mistress in T.S. Eliot poem
A person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else. A contrast or opposition between two things. Ex: "Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing."
: A figure of speech in which some absent or nonexistent person or thing is addressed as if present and capable of understanding. Ex:"Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky."
In poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in nonrhyming stressed syllables (e.g., penitence, reticence). Ex: "Laid" "waste" "slain"
A four-line stanza rhymed abdc with four feet in lines and one and three and three feet in lines two and four. Ex:Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The Carriage held but just Ourselves And Immortality
A harsh, unpleasant combination of sounds or tomes. It may be an unconscious flaw in the poet's music, resulting in harshness of sound or difficulty of articulation, or it may be used consciously for effect, as Eliot often used it. Ex: Breakers crashed onto jagged rocks and clawed the sands with brutal strikes, pummeling the beach
A pause, usually near the middle of a line of verse, usually indicated by the sense of the line, and often greater than the normal pause. For example, one would naturally pause after "human" in the following line: To err is human, to forgive divine.
Excessive pride in oneself.
A fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor.
Ex: "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" in which he compares his soul and his wife's to legs of a mathematical compass
The recurrence of similar sounds, esp. consonants, in close proximity. Ex: "Add and read" "bill and ball" "born and burn"
A two-line stanza, usually with end-rhymes the same. Ex: Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,/Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.
Devices of sound
The techniques of developing the sound of words. Among the devices of sound are rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopeia. The devices are used for many reasons, including to create a general effect of pleasant or of discordant sound, to imitate another sound, or to reflect a meaning.
the use of words in a literary works. Diction may be described as formal, informal, colloquial, or slang.
A poem which is intended primarily to teach a lesson. It usually involves a subject of judgment of the author's purpose on the part of the critic or reader.
A poem which employs a dramatic form or some element or elements of dramatic techniques as a means of achieving poetic ends. Ex: Dramatic monologue.
A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
A piece of music in a mournful style
A line with a pause at the end. Lines that end with a period, comma, colon, semicolon, exclamation point, or question mark are end-stopped lines.
Ex: And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near,
A pretty babe all burning bright did in the air appear.
The continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause.
Ex: ... i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
An implied analogy, or comparison, which is carried throughout a stanza or an entire poem.
The quality of being pleasing to the ear, esp. through a harmonious combination of words.
The tendency to make phonetic change for ease of pronunciation
Eye rhyme/ sight rhyme
rhyme that appears correct from spelling but is half-rhyme or slant rhyme from the pronunciation.
Ex: "watch" and "match" or "love" and "move"
A rhyme of two syllables, one stressed and one unstressed, as "waken" and "forsaken" and "audition" and "rendition". Also called double rhyme.
Writing that uses figures of speech such as metaphor, irony, and simile. F.L uses words to mean something else than their literal meaning.
Poetry which is not written in a traditional meter and does not rhyme but is still rhythmical.
A pair of rhyming iambic pentameters. AA BB CC
Ex: Nor let him then enjoy supreme command;
But fall, untimely, by some hostile hand,
And lie unburied on the barren sand!
Visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work: "Tennyson uses imagery to create a lyrical emotion".
Visual images collectively.
The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Rhyme that occurs within a line, rather than at the end.
Ex: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary
While I nodded, nearly napping...suddenly there came a tapping
Any short poem that represents a single speaker who expresses thoughts and feelings. lyric: a short poem of songlike quality.
Ex: Sonnets and odes
Rhyme that falls on the stressed and concluding syllables of the rhyme-words. Ex: "keep" "sleep" and "no" "glow" and "spell" "impel"
A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, esp. something abstract.
Ex: "The black bat night"
The substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant, for example suit for business executive or crown for king.
A combination of two or more incompatible metaphors.
Ex: "Mr. Speaker, I smell a rat. I see him floating in the air."
A non-dramatic poem which tells a story or presents a narrative, whether simple or complex, long or short. Epics and ballads are examples of narrative poems.
The use of words whose sound suggests their meaning.
Ex: "buzz" "hiss" "honk" "splash" "whoosh"
A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. Paradox.
Ex: "wise fool", "sad joy". "eloquent silence"
A situation or action or feeling that appears to be contradictory but on inspection turns out to be true or at least to make sense.
A kind of metaphor that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics.
A group of syllables in verse usually consisting of one accented syllable and one or two unaccented syllables associated with it.
Ex: Iambic U/
A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Ex: Let's talk about rights and lefts. You're right, so I left.
Correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry.
Ex: Fan and ran
A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. The recurrence of stress and unstressed syllables.
A system for describing the meter of a poem by identifying the number and the types of feet per line
A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind. Uses words "like" and "as".
Normally a fourteen-line iambic pentameter poem. The conventional Italian, or Petrarchan sonnet is rhymed aba, cde, cde. Shakespearean, or English sonnet is rhymed abab, cdcd, efef, gg.
Something that is simultaneously itself and a sign of something else. For example, winter, darkness, and cold are real things, but in literature they are also likely to be used as symbols of death.
A form of metaphor which in mentioning a part signifies the whole. For example, we refer to "foot soldiers" for infantry and "field hands" for manual laborers who work in agriculture.
The ordering of words into patterns or sentences.
Ex: The young man carries the lady.
The lady carries the young man.
The main thought expressed by a work. In poetry, it is the abstract concept which is made concrete through its repetition in person, action, and image in the work.
A writer's attitude toward subject, audience, and self.
Tone is primarily conveyed through diction, point of view, syntax, and level of formality.
The opposite of hyperbole. It is a kind of irony that deliberately represents something as being much less than it really is. For example, Macbeth, having been nearly hysterical after killing Duncan, tells Lenox, "Twas a rough night".