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Critical Terms

Allegory A type of narrative which makes literal sense in its own right
but also has a double meaning.


Alliteration The repetition of consonants in words and phrases.
E.g. Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Pepper.


Ambiguity Words, phrases or whole texts which have several unclear
meanings.…

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First person
The use of `I' in speech or writing.

Form
The shape or pattern in which a poem is written.


Free verse Poetry which seems to have no set pattern, stanzas of rhyme
scheme.

Hyperbole
Huge exaggeration or overstatement.

A line of poetry made up of ten syllables with…

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Parody The style of an author or work is imitated and either matched
to a trivial subject or exaggerated for comic purposes.


Objects that are given human characteristics.
Personification
E.g. Old Father Time, the wind moaned, England mourns for
her dead, the walls have ears.

Prose
A piece of continuous…

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