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Poetry Literary Terms. Alliteration Refers to repetition of a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words and/or phrases. When to the s essions of s weet s ilent thought. Poetry Literary Terms. Assonance

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Poetry literary terms

PoetryLiterary Terms

  • Alliteration

    • Refers to repetition of a particularsoundin the first syllables of a series of words and/or phrases.

      • When to the sessions of sweet silent thought


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PoetryLiterary Terms

  • Assonance

    • The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words that create internal rhyming.

      • That solitude which suits abstruser musings (“u”)


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  • Rhyme Scheme

    • The pattern of rhymes used in a poem, usually marked by letters to symbolize correspondences, as rhyme royal.

      • There once was a big brown cat      a That liked to eat a lot of mice.         b He got all round and fat                  Because they tasted so nice.           

        Now lying on his mat,

        All he does is sleep.


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  • Imagery

    • The use of vivid sensory description to create a mental picture

      • A host, of golden daffodils;

        Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

        Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

        Continuous as the stars that shine

        And twinkle on the Milky Way


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  • Personification

    • Giving life to inanimate objects or makes animals human

      • Death stands above me whispering low


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  • Simile

    • A comparison between two things using the words “like” or “as”

      • What happens to a dream deferred?

        Does it dry up

        Like a raisin in the sun?


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  • Metaphor

    • An implied comparison between two things

      • My heart is a piece of paper and it crumples

        Believe me, when I say high school is a jungle


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  • Hyperbole

    • An extreme exaggeration

      • I'll love you, dear, I'll love you

        Till China and Africa meet,

        And the river jumps over the mountain

        And the salmon sing in the street.


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  • Onomatopoeia

    • When a word sounds like what it represents

      • Thistles spike the summer airAnd crackle open under a blue-black pressure.


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  • Oxymoron

    • A pair of contradictory terms

      • Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!


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  • Symbol

    • Using an object or word to represent an abstract idea.

      • All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;they have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts,

        • The above lines are symbolic of the fact that men and women, in course of their life perform different roles. “A stage” here symbolizes the world and “players” is a symbol stand here human beings.


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  • Tone

    • An expression of an author’s attitude toward a subject and contributes to the mood.


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  • Mood

    • What the reader feels from the author’s words and tone


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