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alliteration
the repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants or consonant clusters, in a group of words
allusion
a reference in one work of literature to a person, place, or event in another work of literature or in history, art, or music
assonance
a repetition of similar vowel sounds, usually close together, in a group of words
ballad
a story told in verse and usually meant to be sung
epic
a long narrative poem that relates the deeds of a hero
rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhymes in a poem
personification
a figure of speech in which an animal, an object, a natural force, or an idea is given personality or described as if it were human
paradox
a situation or statement that has contradictory qualities
simile
a comparison made between 2 dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison (like, as, than, or)
mataphor
a comparison between 2 unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them.
onomatopoeia
the use of a word whose sound is in some degree immitates or suggests its meaning
epithet
a descriptive adjective or phrase used to characterize someone or something
blank verse
verse written in unrhymed iambic pentameter, where each line usualy contains ten syllables and ever other syllable is stressed
setting
the time and place of action in a narrative
theme
the main idea or the basic meaning of a literary work