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The particular order or pattern a writer uses to present ideas. For example, narratives sometimes follow a chronological order. Listing detailed information, comparing and contrasting, analyzing cause-and-effect relationships, or describing a problem and then offering a solution are some other ways a writer can structure a text.


A group of lines forming a unit in a poem or song.


The basic unit of poetry. It consists of a word or a row of words.


The structure of a poem.

Figurative Language

Language that uses figures of speech, or expressions that are not literally true but express truth beyond the literal level.

Literal Language

Language that is simple, straightforward, and free of embellishment.


Language that makes something seem less important than it really is. This may be used to add humor or to focus the reader's attention on something the author wants to emphasize.

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