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Poetry Devices

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Heather Eusanio

on 15 September 2011

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Transcript of Poetry Devices

Figurative Language
Language used for
descriptive effect, often to
imply ideas indirectly.
Expressions of figurative
language are not literally
true but express some truth
beyond the literal level.

Any object, person, place or
experience that means more
than what it is. Symbolism
is the use of images to
represent internal realities.

The repetition of sounds
in words that appear close
to each other in a poem
A figure of speech that
compares or equates seemingly unlike things. In
contrast to a simile, a metaphor implies the comparison instead of stating it directly; hence, there is no use of connectives such as like or as.
The recurrence of sounds, words, phrases,
lines, or stanzas in a piece of writing.
Repetition increases the feeling of unity in
a work. When a line or stanza is repeated
in a poem it is called a refrain.
A figure of
speech using
like or as to
seemingly unlike
(cc) photo by Jakob Montrasio
"I'm Nobody" by Emily Dickinson
Why we love repetition in music
Personification is a figure of speech in which
an animal, object or idea is given human form
or characteristics.
The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
At precisely 6:30 am my alarm clock sprang to life.

Language that emphasizes
sensory impressions that
help the reader of a literary
work to see, hear, feel, smell,
and taste the scenes described
in the work.

A reference in a work
of literature to a well-known
character, place or situation
from another work of literature,
music, or art or from history.
the flag stands for __________
skulls represent ___________
a dove represents __________
an owl is a symbol for ________
The pattern created by the arrangement of
stressed and unstressed syllables, especially in poetry.
Rhythm gives poetry a musical quality that helps
convey its meaning. Rhythm can be regular, with a
predictable pattern or meter, or irregular.
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
Now the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Anybody I throw flames at gets a name it's a game
Cause they know that they don't spit the same
It's a shame, what people do for 10 minutes of fame
Everyday it's the same thing,
People in this game try to buddy buddy us
Just to get close enough to study us
Everybody just wants to have something to do with that
They all trying to get that stamp
They after that Shady - Aftermath money
It's like a monopoly
Examples of Simile:
His skin was as cold as ice.
They fought like cats and dogs.
These cookies taste like garbage.
Examples of Metaphor:
All the world's a stage.
Life is a journey.
The world is my oyster.
The repetition of consonant sounds
at the beginning of words. Alliteration
gives emphasis to words.
Examples of alliteration:
Hannah's home hopefully has heat.
She picked up the plump peach.
An obvious or intentional exaggeration that extends beyond a literal meaning. It is used to emphasize the truth of a statement.
I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
We waited in line for a century.
She cried for days.
Imagery is showing
someone instead of just
telling them!
I could hear Hawaii calling my name.
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody too?
Then there's a pair of us-don't tell!
They'd banish us you know.
The use of a word or
phrase that actually
imitates or suggests
the sound of what it
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