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repeating a consonant sound in close proximity to others, or beginning several words with the same vowel sound
'buckets of big blue berries'
suggesting, hinting, indicating, or showing what will occur later in a narrative
any poem having the form and musical quality of a song
poetry based on the natural rhythms of phrases and normal pauses rather than the artificial constraints of metrical feet
we dance freely / alone / in the pouring rain'
a comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking
conveying an attitude or mood
might be formal or informal, playful, ironic, optimistic, pessimistic, or sensual
the orderly arrangement of words into sentences to express ideas
'into my hands fell the apple' rather than 'the apple fell into my hands'
the author's words and the characteristic way that writer uses language to achieve certain effects
rhymes created out of words with similar but not identical sounds
the general locale, historical time, and social circumstances in which the action of a fictional or dramatic work occurs
In the dark room of the abandoned house on the outside of town...
the method of narration that determines the position, or angle of vision, from which the story unfolds
the 'mental pictures' that readers experience with a passage of literature
'The bright lights illuminated the giant white numbers that lined the grassy green field.'
a particular system of signs used by members of a group to communicate with each other
English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese
abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are given human character, traits, abilities, or reactions
'the wind whispered through the trees'
the final consonants of the stressed syllables match each other but the vowels differ
rider, reader, raider, ruder
a casual reference in literature to a person, place, event, or another passage of literature
exaggeration or overstatement
'enough food to feed an army'
a construction or expression in one language that cannot be matched or directly translated word-for-word in another language
'head over heels' does not mean 'in love' in another language
a poetic device in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with a word at the end of the same metrical line
'Like a child from the womb, a ghost from a tomb...'
frequent use of words, places, characters, or objects that mean something beyond what they are on a literal level
in THE SCARLET LETTER the rosebush represents Pearl
a lyric poem of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with rhymes arranged according to certain definite patterns
Petrarchan or Italian, Shakespearean or English
the last word at the end of each verse is the word that rhymes
Jack and Jill / went up the hill
a metaphor that extends throughout the majority of a poem
Edward Taylor uses the trade of spinning wool to represent his relationship to God
repeating identical or similar vowels in nearby words
'I must confess that in my quest I felt depressed and restless.'
the opposite of exaggeration
'I was somewhat worried about the psychopath running toward me with a chainsaw'
unrhymed lines of ten syllables
words that (1) match each other to some degree in sound and meaning, (2) come from a common root in an older language, but (3) did not actually serve as a root for each other
English 'brother' and German 'Bruder'
the unfolding or growth of a character as the plot develops
Japanese verse form of three short lines
use of words, phrases, symbols, and ideas in such as way as to evoke mental images and sense impressions
a statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean the opposite of what is written literally
statement that contradicts itself
'I always lie'
the standard language of written communication, formal speeches, and presentations
use of words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's dialect or language
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