Unit 2 Vocabulary: Poetry Selections and Reading Skills

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imageryan author's use of descriptive and figurative language to create a picture in the reader's mindpersonificationa figure of speech in which non-living things are given human or living characteristicseuphemisma mild and pleasant expression that is used as a substitute for a harsh or blunt oneoxymoronphrase that contains contradictory words often used to entertain the readeralliterationthe repetition of initial sounds in successive or neighboring wordsparallel constructionsuccessive sentences or phrases, often used in speeches or persuasive writing, following the same pattern of wording in order to emphasize an idea