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Poetic & Literary Devices: Definitions

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end rhyme
rhyme at the end of lines
couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
internal rhyme
rhyme within a line
exact rhyme
perfect rhyme
approximate rhyme
words that almost rhyme
rhythm
musical quality in language produced by repetition
meter
pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry
alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
refrain
repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines
simile
comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
metaphor
direct comparison of two unlike things
personification
giving human qualities to animals or objects
pun
humorous play on words
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
idiom
commonly used expression
verbal irony
when you say one thing and mean something else
situational irony
situation that turns out to be just the opposite of what you would expect
dramatic irony
when you know something that a character doesn't know
dialogue
conversations between two or more characters
dialect
way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular place or group of people
imagery
language that creates word pictures and appeals to your senses
onomatopoeia
use of words with sounds that imitate or suggest their meaning
symbol
something that has meaning in itself and also stands for something else