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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 Onomatopoeia 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. Symbol

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

The repetition of sounds
in words that appear close
to each other in a poem Poetry Devices Metaphor
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. Repetition 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. Simile
A figure of
speech using
like or as to
seemingly unlike
things (cc) photo by Jakob Montrasio Personification "I'm Nobody" by Emily Dickinson "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls Could you whisper in my ear
The things you wanna feel
I'll give you anything
To feel it comin'

Do you wake up on your own
And wonder where you are
You live with all your faults

I wanna wake up where you are
I won't say anything at all
So why don't you slide 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. Imagery

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. Allusion

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 ________ Rhythm 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. Alliteration 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. Hyperbole 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! Instead of telling someone to let your
freestyles come naturally, how can you show them with your words?

From the family tree of old school hip hop
Kick off your shoes and relax your socks
The rhymes will spread just like a pox
Cause the music is live like an electric shock

--Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" 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. Yeah we're gonna let it, slide

Don't you love the life you killed
The priest is on the phone
Your father hit the wall
Your ma disowned you

Don't suppose I'll ever know
What it means to be a man
Something I can't change
I'll live around it The use of a word or
phrase that actually
imitates or suggests
the sound of what it
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