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Alliteration

When two or more words, side by side or at least quite near each other, begin with the same letter

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Hyperbole

An exaggeration used to make a point

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Oxymoron

Two words that have opposite meanings (used for emphasis)

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Personification

Giving human characteristics to something not alive

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Symbol

An object that has a both literal and a complex/abstract meaning; an object that represents something else

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Allusion

A reference to a famous person, event, piece of literature, etc

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Euphemism

Softening something that is harsh by using different words

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Irony

1) verbal
2) dramatic
3) situational

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Simile

An indirect comparison between two things using like or as

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Metaphor

An direct comparison between two things that are not similar

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Assonance

Deliberate repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds. Internal rhyme (within words or within lines)

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Atmosphere/tone/mood

Feelings or meanings conveyed in the poem

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Diction

Poet’s distinctive choices in vocabulary

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Echo/repetition

Repetition of key word or idea for effect

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Imagery

Creating vivid mental pictures in the reader’s mind (sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound)

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Onomatopoeia

Use of words that sounds like what they mean

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Rhyme

Repetition of same sounds. Demoted by use of alphabet

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Rhythm

Internal feel of beat, perceived when poetry is read aloud

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Speaker

The voice in the poem that provides focus

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Syllables

Segment of speech usually consisting of a vowel with or without accompanying consonant sounds

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Allegory

Representing an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another

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Metonymy

A figure of speech that consists of the the use of the name of one object or concept for that if another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, as “sceptre” for “sovereignty,” or “the bottle” for “strong drink,” or “count heads (or noses)” for “count people.”

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Synecdoche

(Subset of metonymy)
A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent. A whole or vice versa. Ex: “new wheels” -> “new car”