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Alliteration
Beginning words with the same letter
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Allusion
A literary, classical or contemporary reference to another event or work.
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Anaphora
The repetition of words or phrases at the start of successive clauses
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Archaic
A word no longer in use today
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Assertion
Where a point of view is expressed as fact
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Assonance
The same or similar sound used in the central syllables of words close together
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Ballad
Ancient poem which tells a story
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Caesura
A pause or break in mid-line.
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Colloquial
Everyday or informal
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Couplet
A pair of lines, usually the same length and end with a rhyme
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Doublé Entendre
A double meaning or euphemism
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End-Stopped
Having a pause at the end of a line
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Enjambment
Continuing a sentence beyond a line, couplet or stanza
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Extended Metaphor
Giving a name or description to something to which it is not literally applicable and continuing this throughout the poem or stanza.
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Hyperbole
Exaggeration something so much that it cannot be taken literally, for effect
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Imagery
Words used to create a picture in the readers mind for effect
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Irony
The humorous or sarcastic use of words, implying the opposite of what they mean
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Metaphor
Giving a name or description to something to which it is not literally applicable
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Metre
Same as rhythym; The movement of syllables within a line or verse
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Motif
An extended symbol, used throughout the work
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Octave
The first eight lines of a sonnet
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Octet
The same as an octave; The first eight lines of a sonnet
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Onomatopoeia
Names or words formed from sounds that resemble what is named
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Pathos
Language producing feelings of sorrow or pity
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Pentameter
A line of 10 syllables
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Personification
Attributing a personal nature or human-like characteristics to a thing or idea
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References
Alluding or referring to an area of knowledge for poetic effect, such as a location
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Repetition
Repeating a sound, word or phrase for effect
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Rhetorical Question
A question which does not expect an answer, often used for effect.
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Rhyme-scheme
The arrangement of rhymes in a piece of verse
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Rhythym
Same as metre; The movement of syllables within a line or verse
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Riddle
A question, statement or description intended to test our powers of deduction or to amuse us in the process
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Satire
A form of entertainment which uses irony, ridicule or sarcasm for effect
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Sestet
The last 6 lines of a sonnet
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Simile
The direct comparison of one thing to another, usually using 'like' or 'as'
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Stanza
Four or more rhymed lines repeated OR a group of lines in a poem
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Tone
The manner of expression
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A literary, classical or contemporary reference to another event or work.

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Allusion

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The repetition of words or phrases at the start of successive clauses

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A word no longer in use today

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Where a point of view is expressed as fact

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