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Term Definition

Alliteration The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the
beginning of words that are neighbouring or close to
each other. E.g. Betty Botta bought some butter.
Assonance A rhyming of vowel sounds in neighbouring or close
words. E.g. Poetry is old, ancient, goes back far. It…

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Etymology The study of the history and origin of words, and their
changing forms and meanings.
Figurative Language Whenever you describe something by comparing it with
something else, you are using figurative language. E.g.
similes, metaphors and personification.
Foreshadowing The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen…

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Onomatopoeia The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural
sound or the sound made by an object or an action.
Example: snap crackle or pop.
Oxymoron A figure of speech that uses opposite words in close
proximity for effect. E.g. found missing.
Parody To imitate (a composition,…

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answer, offering a conclusion, or shifting the thematic
concerns in a new direction.



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