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Poetic Devices. What are poetic devices? Poetic devices are tools, techniques, and figures of speech that help improve the quality, comprehension, and meaning of a poem. . ALLITERATION. The repetition of similar sounds in a line of poetry. Example: The sun set slowly over the sea. .
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Poetic Devices What are poetic devices? Poetic devices are tools, techniques, and figures of speech that help improve the quality, comprehension, and meaning of a poem.
ALLITERATION • The repetition of similar sounds in a line of poetry. • Example: The sun set slowly over the sea.
ALLUSION • A reference to a person, place, or event of which most people are aware. • Example: He was a real Romeo with the ladies.
ASSONANCE • The intentional repetition of a vowel sound. • Example: I lie down by the side of my bride / Fleet feet sweep by sleeping geese / Hear the lark and harden to the barking of the dark fox gone to ground.
HYPERBOLE • Extreme exaggeration for effect • Example: I was so embarrassed, I thought I might die.
IMAGERY • Language that evokes sensory images in the mind. • Example: The sky looked like the untouched canvas of an artist.
METAPHOR • The comparison of two unlike things without using “like” or “as” • Example: Life is a journey.
METER • The rhythm or pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.
ONOMATOPOEIA • A word that imitates the sound it represents. • Example: The bees buzzed around her head.
PERSONIFICATION • Giving human qualities to animals or inanimate objects. • Example: Anger frowned and snarled at me.
REPETITION • A single word or phrase used throughout a poem in order to emphasize a theme or important element within the poem. • Example: The woods are lovely, dark, and deep But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
RHYME • The close similarity of sounds at the end of poetic lines. • Example: Sir Lancelot was the first knight of the round table/saying he was a coward is a complete fable.
RHYME SCHEME • The pattern by which lines of poetry are grouped.
SIMILE • A comparison of two things using “like” or “as” • Example: My love is like a red rose.
STANZA • The grouping of two or more lines of poetry by length, rhythm, rhyme, and/or idea (also can be called a verse)
SYMBOL • An object, person, or place that has more than one meaning. • Example: Roses and hearts are common symbols used to represent love.