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Poetry Terms

Figurative Language Language where the writer conveys meaning in unexpected ways and through the use of unusual comparisons
Simile Compares two unlike things using “like or “as”
Metaphor Compares two unlike things without using “like” or “as”
Personification Giving human qualities to animals or inanimate, non-living things.
Hyperbole An exaggerated expression used for dramatic or comic effect
Oxymoron A contradiction in terms; two things that are opposites
Imagery Language that describes something using words to create a sensory image
Idiom A figure of speech that cannot be taken literally
Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of a word
Repetition Repeating a word, phrase or sound to add emphasis in a poem
Assonance The repetition of vowel sounds within words
Consonance The repetition of consonant sounds within word
Stanza A division or section of a poem (like paragraphs in prose)
Rhyme Scheme The pattern of the rhyme in a poem (for example, ABAB, ABCB, etc.)
White space and line breaks
Allusion A reference to another text, song, work of art, or historical event within a poem or story
Irony When something happens that is the direct opposite of what is expected
Tone The author’s attitude toward the subject (shown through what the author says, word choice); the atmosphere created
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