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alliteration
repetition of the initial sound of words, particularly those beginning with consonants
ambiguity
that which has more than one possible meaning
assonance
repetition of identical vowel sounds
caesura
a rhythmical pause within the line
conceit
an elaborately extended metaphor or simile
consonance
repetition of identical consonant sounds
end-stopped line
a normal pause at the end of a line
feminine rhyme
a rhyme that falls on two or more syllables, only the first of which is accented
free verse
a poetic form in which either the metrical line, rhyme scheme, or stanza length does not conform to a regular pattern
hyperbole
an exaggeration for effect, not intended to be taken literally
internal assonance
repetition of identical vowel sounds within the line
internal consonance
repetition of identical consonant sounds within the line
internal rhyme
a rhyme occurring within the line
irony
a statement (or dramatic situation)intentionally opposite to what is actually meant
masculine rhyme
a rhyme that falls on the last syllable of a word
metaphor
an implied comparison between two apparently disparate things
onomatopoeia
words whose sounds suggest their own meaning
paradox
a statement which is only seemingly contradictory
personification
the attribution of human characteristics to a thing, inanimate object, or abstract idea
refrain
a regularly recurring phrase or verse at the end of each stanza or division of a poem
run-on-line
a line in which there is no pause at the end, but whose meaning is hurried over to the next line
simile
an expressed comparison between two things, utilizing such words as 'like' or 'as'
slant rhyme
a rhyme in which the sounds are not identical but only approximate
speaker
the "I" of a poem, not necessarily that of the poet
trope
a figure of speech