language that is used in writing to produce images in a reader's mind and to express ideas in fresh, vivid, and imaginative ways
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
a figure of speech in which one directly addresses an absent or imaginary person, or some abstraction
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
a figure of speech which the name of one object is substituted for that of another closely associated with it
A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry, determined by a certain number of feet
The basic rhythmic unit of a line of poetry, formed by a combination of two or three syllables, either stressed or unstressed.
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem:
a sonnet consisting of an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba, with a "turn" at the end, followed by a sestet with the rhyme pattern cdecde or cdcdcd
consists of three quatrains with the rhyme pattern "abab," cdcd," "efef" followed by a couplet with the pattern "gg" containing the "turn"
refers to the implied or suggested meanings associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition
a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings
the writer's or speaker's attitude toward the subject of a story, toward a character, or toward the audience (the readers).
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work, shown though the relationship between verbs and nouns
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.