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allegory

a story with a double-meaning so it can be read/understood/interpreted at two or more levels

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alliteration

the repetition of the same letter at the beginning of words

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allusion

an indirect reference to another work of literature or art, person, or event intended to give depth

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anaphora

the repetition of a word or phrase in successive clauses or phrases

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assonance

the repetition of similar or identical vowel sounds, usually close together, to achieve a particular effect

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caesura

when there is a pause within the line ( a breath), a change of gear (often by punctuation)

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consonance

the repetition of similar or identical consonants before and after different vowels

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end-stopping

when each line contains a single thought that finishes with the line (generally, with punctuation)

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enjambment

when a line of poetry runs on (generally, without punctuation)

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hyperbole

exaggeration for emphasis

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metaphor

a comparison without like or as

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meter

the heartbeat of a poem

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metonymy

the name of an attribute or thing is used for the thing itself

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paradox

a statement that is contradictory or illogical, but ultimately expresses a truth

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pentameter

five poetic feet in a line of poetry

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personification

giving something human quality

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onomatopoeia

the use of words to imitate sound

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oxymoron

opposite or contradictory terms used together for emphasis (ex: she's pretty ugly)

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reversal/substitution

the accent within a poetic foot (via the words being used) being altered so that the foot changes from, ex: iamb into a pyrrhus

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similie

a comparison with like or as

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synecdoche

the name of a part of a thing that stands for the whole

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tetrameter

four poetic feet in a line of poetry

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trimeter

three poetic feet in a line of poetry

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weak ending

when a line of poetry concludes with an extra, hanging syllable