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Alliteration

Repeating the same initial sound in several words on a line of poetry or in a sentence.

<p>Repeating the same initial sound in several words on a line of poetry or in a sentence.</p>
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Allusion

A brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers.

<p>A brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers.</p>
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Ballad

A poem that tells a story.

<p>A poem that tells a story.</p>
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Repetition

When a word or sentence is placed more than once within a poem.

<p>When a word or sentence is placed more than once within a poem.</p>
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Couplet

A poem or stanza with two lines that end in rhyme.

<p>A poem or stanza with two lines that end in rhyme.</p>
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Hyperbole

A figure of speech that uses obvious exaggeration for effect.

<p>A figure of speech that uses obvious exaggeration for effect.</p>
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Imagery

Use of vivid sensory language to create mental pictures.

<p>Use of vivid sensory language to create mental pictures.</p>
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Lyrics

Words to a poem or song.

<p>Words to a poem or song.</p>
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Metaphor

A comparison without the use of like or as.

<p>A comparison without the use of like or as.</p>
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Free Verse

Poetry without form, rhyme or rhythm.

<p>Poetry without form, rhyme or rhythm.</p>
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Onomatopoeia

A word that imitates the sound it represents.

<p>A word that imitates the sound it represents.</p>
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Enjambment

The running over of a sentence or thought from one line of poetry to another.

<p>The running over of a sentence or thought from one line of poetry to another.</p>
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Quatrain

A poem or stanza of four lines.

<p>A poem or stanza of four lines.</p>
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Simile

A comparison of two things using like or as.

<p>A comparison of two things using like or as.</p>
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Stanza

The division of lines in a poem

<p>The division of lines in a poem</p>
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Symbolism

An object which represents an idea.

<p>An object which represents an idea.</p>
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Rhyme

A pattern of repeated sounds.

<p>A pattern of repeated sounds.</p>
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Tone

An author or poet's attitude towards a subject.

<p>An author or poet&apos;s attitude towards a subject.</p>
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Mood

A feeling that the poem creates in the reader such as anger or joy.

<p>A feeling that the poem creates in the reader such as anger or joy.</p>
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