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the practice of beginning several consecutive or neighboring words with the same consonant sound


the repetition of vowel sounds in a series of words


the repetition of a consonant sound within or at the end of a series of words to produce a harmonious effect

End rhyme

rhyme that occurs at the end of lines

Iambic rhythm

the natural rhythm of the English language which possesses a smooth flowing feel

Imitative harmony

onomoatopoia used on an extended scale in a poem

Internal rhyme



the measured, patterned arrangement or syllables according to stress and length in a poem


the use of words that mimic the sounds they describe

Rhyme scheme

the pattern of end rhymes


the repetition of sounds in two or more words or phrases that appear close to each other in a poem


the varying speed, intensity, elevation, pitch, loudness, and expressiveness of speech, especially poetry

Sound Devices

stylistic techniques that convey meaning through sound.





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