TECHNIQUES OF POETRY: SOUND DEVICES

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Last updated: November 25, 2019

Alliteration
repetition of initial constant sounds (dark days, bad boy)

Assonance
repetition of vowel sounds (child of silence, weak weary)

End Rhyme
rhyme that occurs at the end of the lines

Imagery
descriptive words used to create pictures

Internal Rhyme
use of rhyming words within the lines

Metaphor
one thing is spoken about as if it were something else (Jennifer is a dancing willow tree.)

Onomatopoeia
use of words of phrases that sound like the things to which they refer (buzz, hiss, thud)

Paradox
a seeming contradiction (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)

Personification
a figure of speech in which an animal, idea or thing is given human characteristics

Repetition
word or phrases that are repeated

Rhyme
the repetition of sounds at the ends of words

Rhythm
the pattern of beats or stresses in a line of verse

Simile
a comparison using “like” or “as” (Jennifer is like a dancing willow tree.)

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