Writing or speech not meant to be taken literally. Poets use figures of speech to state ideas in new ways.
Describes one thing as if it were something else. Example: The house was a zoo! Using the verb to be.
Giving human qualities to something that is not human.
Using like or as to compare two unlike things.
Example: He stormed into the meeting like a tornado.
The repetition of consonant sounds in the beginning of words, as in slippery slope
The use of any element in language, a sound, word, phrase, or sentence, more than once
The repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants in stressed syllables, as in blaze and maze
The repetition of similar consonant sounds at the ends of accented syllables, as in wind and sand
The use of words that imitate sounds. Examples:crash, bang, and hiss
a poem that does not a strict structure, no regualr meter, rhyme, or fixed length
a poem shaped to look like its subject
A common, often used expression that doesn’t make sense if you take it literally.