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Metaphor
A direct comparison in which two unlike things represent each other.

Example:
Morning is a new sheet of paper for you to write on.
Assonance
Definition:
Vowel sounds that are similar are repeated.

Example:
"make the grade"
Allegory
Definition:
A work of literature with two levels of meaning, a symbolic level and a literal one.

Example:
"Aesop's Fables" or "Animal Farm"
Allusion
Definition:
Reference to a historical, mythological, Biblical, or literary event or person that the author expects the reader to know.

Example:
Juliet refers to Phoebus, the sun god, when waiting impatiently for night to come.
Simile
Definition:
A comparison between two things using the word "like" or "as".

Example:
Air polution is eating up monuments in Washington, D.C., like an Alka-Seltzer tablet.
Irony
Definition:
An event that occurs which is the opposite of what is expected.

Example:
It is ironic that Romeo took the poison believing Juliet was dead when she was just sleeping.
Alliteration
Definition:
Repitition of similar initial consonant sounds.

Example:
Twenty terrible tigers.
Consonance
Definition:
A consonant sound that is repeated in the middle or at the end of words in lines of poetry.

Example:
lady lounges lazily
Onomatopoeia
Definition:
Words that sound like their meaning.

Examlpe:
chomp gobble slurp whoosh slap smack crunch burp gurgle
Aside
Definition:
Words spoken by a character that are intended for one or a few others on stage to be unable to hear.

Example:
Mercutio tells Romeo he has been injured in an aside. None of the other actors on stage were supposed to hear his comment, so they don't realize how serious the situation is
Soliloquy
Definition:
A long speech given in whih a character speaks directly to the audience; no other characters from the play are on stage.

Example:
Macbeths's dagger speech.
Blank Verse
Definition:
Lines of poetry that do not rhyme, that have ten syllables which can be divided into five measures in each line, and that contain a series of accented syllables alternating with and following unaccented syllables.

Example:
The book fell off the shelf and hit my
head.
It didn't hurt though so I will be
fine.
Symbolism
Definition:
A concrete or idea which represents an abstraction.

Example:
The conch in "Lord of the Flies" represents democracy and order.
End Rhyme
Definition:
Two or more lines of poetry that sound very similar at the end of the lines.

Example:
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Personification
Definition:
An object, animal, or idea is given human characteristics.

Example:
Money talks.
Foil
Definition:
Two characters that oppose one another in some way such as a conflict, challenge, or clash.

Example:
The Montagues and Capulets are for one another because of the long standing family fued.