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Alliteration Two words in the same line with the same starting sound.
Metaphor A directly stated comparison.
Onomatopoeia The attempt to spell out a sound.
Narrative poetry That which tells a story with characters, a plot, etc.
Imagery Pictures drawn in the reader's mind by the words of the poet.
Personification Giving human characteristics to inanimate objects.
Simile A comparison using like or as.
Repetition Using a key word several times throughout a poem.
Stanza A paragraph in poetry, surrounded above and below by skipped lines.
Couplet Two rhyming lines in a row, usually stating an important thematic idea.
Speaker The voice of the poem, usually NOT the poet.
Tone He feelings the speaker has about the subject.
Mood The feelings of the reader of a poem.
Diction The choice of words of the speaker.
Irony When the outcome is the opposite of what was expected.
Allusion A reference to something the poet thinks everyone already knows.
Connotation The extra meaning associated with a word more than just its definition.
Theme The generalization about life understood from experiencing any work of art.
Hyperbole Exaggeration for humorous or thematic effect.
Symbol An object which carries more meaning than simply its dictionary definition.
Created by: Lauren Sulek