English 9 Poetic Terms

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Allusion
a brief reference to a famous literary, mythological, Biblical, Historical, or popular person or event
Figurative Language
refers to words, and groups of words, that exaggerate or alter the literal meanings of words
Hyperbole
a boldly exaggerated statement
Image
a word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental pictures of sight, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, or actions
Oxymoron
a condensed form of paradox in which two contradictory words are used together
Paradox
a statement that initially appears to be contradictory but then turns out to make sense
Symbol; Symbolism
a person, object, imager, word, or event that evokes a range of additional meaning beyond and usually more absract that its literal signifigance
Theme
a sentence expressing the central meaning or dominant idea in a literary work