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22 terms

poetic devices

22 devices for memorization. SIHS Mr. Arko Honors English I.
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tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
mood
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
oxymoron
a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms
repartee
a quick, witty reply
parallelism
phrases or sentences of a similar construction/meaning placed side by side, balancing each other
metonymy
substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself
soliloquy
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
allusion
an indirect reference to literature, art, history - source is not given, the reader is expected to know it
aphorism
A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.
pun
a "play on words" based on the multiple meanings of a single word or on words that sound alike but mean different things
personification
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
persona
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds using like or as
aside
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter
apostrophe
a technique by which a writer addresses an inanimate object, an idea, or a person who is either dead or absent.
hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
couplet
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
analogy
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
metaphor
a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as
malapropism
the mistaken substitution of one word for another word that sounds similar