5th grade poetry definitions`

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Last updated: December 9, 2019

alliteration
repeating the initial sound in a group of several words. “Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore”

hyperbole
exaggeration for effect”I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

metaphor
comparison in which one thing “becomes” another “I want to swim in the pools of your eyes.”

onomatopoeia
using a word that imitates the sound it represents ” BUZZZ, pop, shhhh, whoosh, crack, bang, brrr”

personification
giving human characteristics to a non-living object or idea.”The recliner swallowed me.”

Rhyming
Using words that have endings with the same sound.”There once was a boy named bob, who had a best friend with a job.”

Simile
Making a comparison using like or as.”her skin was as white as snow”

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