Writing or speech not meant to be interpreted literally, used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things
Descriptive language used to create pictures with words, created with details of sight, sound, taste, touch, or smell
Anything that stands for or represents something else
A figure of speech that implies a comparison between things, saying as if one thing as if it were something else
Differs from regular metaphor in that several comparisons are made
A figure of speech in which like or as Is used to make a comparison between two unlike ideas
An elaborate comparison of unlike subjects
Long narrative poem, about the deeds of gods and heroes, usually begins by announcing the subject and asking a muse to help
The writer’s attitude towards his/her audience and subject
The feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage. Often suggested by descriptive details
A deliberate exaggeration or overstatement
Type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
Refers to a well known place, person, event, literary work, or work of art. Found everywhere
Technique used by a poet to emphasize the sound relationships among words to create musical and emotional effects to emphasize the poem’s meaning
The repetition of initial constant sounds, gives emphasize to words
The set of ideas associated with a word in addition to its explicit meaning
A word’s dictionary meaning, independent of any other associations the word many have
Repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants ex: “weak and weary”
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Words used to imitate sounds ex: beep, thud, sizzle
A repetition of sounds at the end of words
When rhyming comes at the end of lines
Occurs when the rhyming words appear in the same line
Occurs when words have similar but not identical sound
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem, indicated by using different letters for each new rhyme
The pattern of beat in a spoken or written language
A fourteen line poem usually written in payments iambic pentameter
A pair of rhyming lines, generally expresses a single idea
A formal division of lines in a poem, considered as a unit
Groups of stressed and in stressed syllables which determine the meter
Rhythmical pattern determined the number of stresses
Poetry not written in a regular rhythmical pattern or meter
Highly musical verse that expresses the observation and feelings of a single speaker
A stanza or poem made up of four lines, usually with a definite rhythm and rhyme scheme
Three line verse form of Japanese poetry, the first and and third lines have five syllables, the second line has seven syllables
Word choice, considering vocabulary, appropriateness
The arrangement of words and phrases to create well formed sentences on a language

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