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Poetic Devices/Figurative Language
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Poetic Devices / Figurative Language
Rhyme scheme is the rhyming pattern of the poem; it is identified by letters of the alphabet.
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black .
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Repetition is the use of a word, phrase, or sound more than once.
President Obama used repetition in campaign speeches by repeating the phrase "Yes we can"
Alliteration is the repetition of sound at the beginnings of words. Often, these words begin with the same letter.
Betty Botter bought some butter, but, she said, the butter's bitter; if I put it in my batter it will make my batter bitter, but a bit of better butter will make my batter better.
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds.
"Rise high in the bright sky"
repeats the long vowel /i/
A strong description using vivid language to paint a picture that the reader can visualize.
Appeals to the senses
in the forest.
The children were
in the fields.
The fresh and
oranges are very cold and
The girl ran her hands on a
of brewed coffee.
An exaggeration or overstatement used to emphasize a point, evoke strong feelings and illustrate a stronger image.
My backpack weighed a ton.
The use of words that sound like what they mean.
"Cynthia in the Snow" by Gwendolyn Brooks
The loudness in the road.
And laughs away from me.
It laughs a lovely whiteness
And whitely whirls away,
Still white as milk or shirts,
So beautiful it hurts.
Comparing two unlikely things.
Unlike a simile, you are saying that something
She is a shining star in her class.
That desk is a pigpen!
Comparing two unlike things using
I was as hungry as a bear.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
from "A Dream Deferred"
by Langston Hughes
Giving human qualities to something that is:
inanimate (not alive)
abstract (thoughts and feelings)
Can you find the poetic devices in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?