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Poetry Terms

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alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words or syllables
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
simile
a direct comparison that includes the words "like" or "as"
allusion
an implied or indirect reference to a famous historical figure or literary work
personification
figurative language that gives human traits to nonhuman things
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds in neighboring words or syllables
hyperbole
exaggeration used for emphasis
metaphor
a comparison between two objects or ideas that does NOT include the words "like" or "as"
apostrophe
the direct address of an absent or imaginary person or thing as though it were present
iambic pentameter
a standard metrical form in which each ten-syllable line has five sets of unstressed and stressed syllables