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					Poetic Devices
               Alliteration
 The repetition of initial consonant sounds
 So the first consonant repeats in each line
 i.e. terrible truths and little leprechauns
 like long limousines
              Metaphor
 A comparison between two objects
  giving meaning to one of them. Often
  forms of the "to be" verb are used,
  such as "is" or "was", to make the
  comparison.
 Example:
 The boy was a helpless bird waiting for
  its mother.
                     Simile
 A comparison between two objects using a
  specific word or comparison such as 'like', 'as',
  or 'than'.
 We watched the ghostly dancers spin
  To sound of horn and violin,
  Like black leaves wheeling in the wind.
 Like wire-pulled automatons,
  Slim silhouetted skeletons
  Went sidling through the slow quadrille.
 (by: Oscar Wilde)
             Simile cont.
 Beezo shot the basketball like a wounded
 duck.
                Assonance
 The repetition of vowel sounds.
 Resemblance or similarity in sound between
  vowels followed by different consonants in two
  or more stressed syllables. Assonance differs
  from RHYME in that RHYME is a similarity of
  vowel and consonant. "Lake" and "fake"
  demonstrate RHYME; "lake" and "fate"
  assonance
 Example:
 Elaine waited in plain train
           Onomatopoeia
 The use of words which imitate sound.
 Example:
 He crashed into the car as he heard the
  screech of the wheels
 The gun boomed as the shots were fired.
  The bullets whizzed past the bystanders.
                 Imagery
 Words or phrases that use the senses or a
  combination of senses.
 i.e. He could almost taste his fear as he
  smelt the fright of the bolting horse.
        PERSONIFICATION
 Personification is giving human qualities
  to animals or objects.
 Example:
  a smiling moon, a jovial sun,
 The old wooden floor groaned with
  displeasure as we walked across it
               Hyperbole
 Hyperbole is exaggeration or
  overstatement
 I was so hungry I could eat a horse.
 He was as big as a house.
                 Rhythm
 In poetry, rhythm, broadly speaking, is a
  recognizable pulse, or "recurrence," which
  gives a distinct beat to a line and also
  gives it a shape.
 One, two,
  Buckle my shoe.
  Three, four,
  Shut the door

				
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