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Accent                   

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The way people pronounce words.  It can vary between different countries, regions and social backgrounds.

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Alliteration.

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 Where consonants are repeated.  It’s often used in poetry to give a nice pattern to a phrase.  E.g. Sally’s slipper slipped on a slimy slug.

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assonance

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When words share the same vowel sound, but the consonants are different.  E.g. Lisa had a piece of cheese before she went to sleep, to help her dream.

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contrast

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When two things are described in a way which emphasises how different they are.  E.g. A poet might contrast two different places, or two different cultures.

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dialect

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Regional variation of a language.  People from different places might use different words or different sentence constructions.  E.g.  In some northern English dialects, people might say “Ey up” instead of “hello”.

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empathy.

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When someone feels like they understand what someone else is experiencing and how they feel about it.

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imagery

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Language that creates a picture in your mind, bringing text to life.

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language

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The choice of words used.  The language determines the effect the piece of writing will have on the reader, e.g. it can be emotive or persuasive.

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layout

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The way a piece of writing is visually presented to the reader.  E.g. what king of font is used, whether there are sub-headings and bullet points, how the verses in a poem are broken up, whether sentences or lines are arranged regularly, whether they create some kind of visual pattern etc.

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metaphor

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A way of describing something by saying that it is something else, to create a vivid image.  E.g. “His eyes were deep, black, oily pools.”

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narrator

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