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Allusion

An indirect reference to any person, place or thing

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Alliteration

The repetition of the same consonant sound in successive words

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Anastrophe

The inversion of the proper word order for rhetorical effect

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Apostrophe

A way of addressing someone or something invisible or not ordinarily spoken to

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Assonance

The repetition of a vowel sound

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Caesura

A break or pause in the middle of a line of poetry

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Simile

A comparison using like or as

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Metaphor

An implied or directly stated comparison using is

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Connotation

Overtones or suggestions of additional meaning that is gained from all its contexts

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Couplet

A two-lined stanza, usually rhymed

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End-stopped

A line that ends in a full pause, usually marked by some form of punctuation​

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Enjambment

The continuation of the meaning of the line beyond the end of a line of verse and into the next. It is sometimes called a Run-on line – a line that does not end in punctuation and is, therefore, read with only a slight pause before going on to the next line

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Euphony

Where the sounds of the words work together with meaning pleases the mind and ear

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Hyperbole

Overstatement, exaggerating

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Imagery

A word or sequence of words that refers to any sensory experience: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste (visual imagery, auditory imagery, tactile imagery)

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Litotes

Understatement

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Narrative poetry

Poetry that tells a story

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Onomatopoeia

An attempt to represent a thing or action by a word that imitates the sound associated with it

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Oxymoron

Conjunction of two words that have conflicting or opposing meanings

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Personification

Where an animal or inanimate object is given human characteristics

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Pun

A play on words

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Rhyming scheme

The order in which rhyming words recur

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Rhythm or meter

The reoccurrence in stresses and pauses in a poem

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Sonnet

A fourteen line poem using iambic pentameter

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Synecdoche

When part of an obeject is used to represent the whole of the object