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1 Literary Terms I can list and define!!!

2 Figurative Language Terms: comparisons Metaphor – comparison of two essentially different things as if they are identical. The snow was a white blanket over the ground Simile – comparison of two essentially different things using a word of comparison. The people reacted like pigeons going after bread crumb to the bargains on the counter. Personification – a figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings, thoughts, or actions. The clerk’s feather duster danced across the display.

3 Figures of Speech: Sound Devices Alliteration – the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words. The crowd pressed closely together in the cramped corridor. Onomatopoeia – using of words whose sounds suggest their meanings. Crash, boom, buzz, whisper, howl, gurgle Rhyme Scheme – the pattern of ending sounds in lines (rhyming). To show rhyme scheme, use a different letter to label each line that ends with a new sound Rhythm – the musical quality produced by the repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables or by the repetition of certain other sound patterns. Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water

4 Literary Terms I Idiom – an expression that means something different from the literal meaning of the words. It’s raining cats and dogs. Analogy – a literal comparison made between two things to show how they are alike. His father was very much like his grandfather. Imagery – use of language that appeals to the senses. The ruby red slippers of Dorothy Gale in Oz.

5 Literary Terms II Hyperbole – an extreme exaggeration. When I was young I had to walk to school ten miles uphill each way. Irony – a contrast between expectation and reality Narrative voice – the speaker of the poem, not to be confused with the poet. Colloquial Language – the use of vocabulary that is part of everyday speech, often including slang

6 Poetry Sound and Sense

7 Poetry is like music Reading just the lyrics is not enough. We need the sound as well. Good poems create their own music. Samuel Taylor Coleridge – “the best words in their best order.” How did he do this? In Zanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree; Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.

8 Poetry Terms I Repetition – the use of the same word or words more than once in a line or group of lines. Refer to “Artist to Artist” by Davida Adedjouma Free Verse – a poem written without a set pattern of rhyme, meter, or line length. Poets use words and images to help make free verse feel different from regular sentences or prose. Stanza –a group of lines in a poem. Usually, the lines in a stanza are related to each other in the same way the sentences of a paragraph go together.

9 Poetry Terms II Sound Effects rhythm (or beat) – the patterned repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables rhyme – the repetition of accented vowel sounds usually at the ends of words alliteration – the repetition of initial consonant sounds in words close together consonance -- the repetition of consonant sounds within words. assonance – the repetition of vowel sounds within words onomatopoeia – use of words whose sounds suggest their meanings cacophony -- use of harsh, unpleasant sounds euphony – use of pleasing sounds


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