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simile
the comparison of two unlike objects using "like" or "as"
metaphor
the comparison of two unlike things without using "like" or "as"
alliteration
the repetition of sounds in nearby words, usually involving the first consonant sounds
free verse
poetry which has no pattern or rhyme, meter or line length
blank verse
lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter
personification
giving non-human things human characteristics
rhyme
the placing of words with similar end sounds reasonably close together to emphasize the similarity of their sounds
stanza
a grouping of several lines of a poem
satire
sarcasm, irony, wit used to riducule or expose the silliness of human behaviour
sonnet
a lyrical poem of 14 lines written in iambic pentameter
oxymoron
a phrase consisting of contradictory terms (e.g. a living death)
assonance
repetition of the same vowel sound in a line of poetry
imagery
choosing words to create a strong picture or image in the reader's mind
allegory
objects and characters in the story which represent a second level of meaning
allusion
the reference to a famous figure, place or event from history
anachronism
something placed in an inappropiate period of time
anology
showing a resemblance or comparison between two different things
aphorism
a short statement of truth, usually clever
connotation
relates not to a word's actual meaning, but to the ideas or qualities that are suggested by that word.
irony
what someone says something, but the reverse is true
theme
the general idea or jist of the piece of writing
pun
words identical or similiar in sound but different in meaning
foreshadowing
indicating or suggesting what will happen before it happens, or what will occur in the future
onomatopoeia
the sound of the word mimics the sound to which it refers
hyperbole
obvious exaggeration of the facts