Poetic Devices

  1. Simile
    The comparison of two unlike objects or concepts using terms such as 'like, as, similar to, or seems'.
  2. Imagery
    Language invoking sensory images in the reader's mind.
  3. Interesting Language
    • The use of dialogue, literary devices, sensory detail, and descriptive detail to enhance a written work. This includes the use of:
    • -precise, vibrant language
    • -wide range of vocabulary (dictionary or thesaurus)
  4. Personification
    The application of human qualities/characteristics to objects, ideas, or other inanimate things.
  5. Hyperbole
    An exaggeration used for effect which is not to be taken literally.
  6. Rhyme
    The correspondence of terminal sounds between words, often used in poetry.
  7. Rhyme Scheme
    • The sequence of rhyme in a poem:
    • i.e ABAB (1st and 3rd lines rhyme and 2nd and 4th lines rhyme)
  8. Rhythm
    The regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in the line of a poem, providing a musical quality and 'flow' as it is being read.
  9. Repetition
    Refers to repeating words, lines, or stanzas throughout a poem in order to provide emphasis on certain themes or ideas.
  10. Onomatopoeia
    The use of words that imitate the sound they denote.
  11. Alliteration
    The repetition of initial consonant sounds in 2 or more words, creating a pleasing effect when read.
  12. Metaphor
    An implied comparison between 2 objects stating that one is the other. Does NOT use words such as 'like' or 'as'.
  13. Stanza
    A division of a poem consisting of a series of lines arranged together in a usually recurring pattern of meter and rhyme.
  14. Assonance
    The repetition of vowels without repetition of consonants (as in stony and holy) used as an alternative to rhyme in verse.
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Poetic Devices
Devices used in Poetry