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English Literary and Poetry Devices
the repetition of initial consonant sounds
a comparison of two unlike things using like or as
the repetition of the same gramatical structure
giving human like qualities to non-living things
an exxagerated statement not to be taken literally
a comparison of two unlike things without using like or as
the repetition of consonant sounds at the ends of words with different vowel sounds
the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests something.
a brief reference to a well-known historical, literal figure, work of art, song, bible, event in history or story.
a part stands for the whole
when you substitute something that closely resembles what you really mean
repeating of a word or group of words for emphasis
a speaker directly addresses someone who is absent or dead or something human as if it were present or alive and able to reply
combination of contradictory terms
rearrange the words of a sentence
to understate the obvious, giving something less importance than is needed
an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning
a pattern of rhymed words at the ends of lines
the attitude of the writer towards his character, reader, subject.
the repetition of similar vowel sounds with different consonant sounds
a comparison of two unlike things to show their similarities. aka an extended metaphor
using words to convey the opposite of its literal meaning.
writing that appeals to the senses using descriptive or figurative language.
the voice of the work
a statement that at first seems contradictory, but it is actually true
simple song having two stanzas using the same melody, a narrative.
a pair of lines of verse, especially ones that rhyme and are the same length.
a poem that is usually centered around a hero
a long narrative poem telling of the heroes deeds.
a short poem that expresses personal and emotional feelings.
a 14 line poem that it ususally written in iambic pentameter, ends with a couplet, and follows a strict rhyme scheme.
unrhymed iambic pentameter
unrhymes verse without a metrical pattern
lyric poem addresses to a particular subject to celebrate or commemorate it.