Sunday, 18 January 2015

Poetic devices

A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounding words occurring at the end of lines in poems or songs.

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master, one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

Alliteration is a term that describes a literary stylistic device. Alliteration occurs when a series of words in a row (or close to a row) have the same first consonant sound. 

Alice’s aunt ate apples and acorns around August.

Onomatopoeia is word that mimics the sound of the object or action it refers to. When you pronounce a word, it will mimic its sound. 

Onomatopoeia: Sounds Animals Make

  • Arf
  • Baa
  • Bark
  • Bow-wow
  • Buzz
  • Cackle
  • Caw
  • Chatter
  • Cheep
  • Chirp
  • Cluck
  • Cock-a-doodle-doo
  • Coo
  • Cuckoo
  • Eeyore
  • Gobble
  • Growl
  • Hee-haw
  • Hiss
  • Honk
  • Hoot
  • Howl
  • Maa
  • Meow
  • Moo
  • Neigh
  • Oink
  • Peep
  • Prattle
  • Purr
  • Quack
  • Ribbit
  • Roar
  • Screech
  • Snarl
  • Tweet 
  • Warble 
  • Whimper 
  • Whine
  • Whinny 
  • Woof 
  • Yelp 
  • Yip 
  • Yowl
simile is a figure of speech that says that one thing is like another different thing. 

  • “cute as a kitten,”
  • “as busy as a bee”
hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. It is like the opposite of “understatement.” It is from a Greek word meaning “excess.

  • “I’ve told you a million times”
  • “It was so cold, I saw polar bears wearing jackets”
 Personification is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human or, in some cases, to something that isn't even alive
  • The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
  • The run down house appeared depressed.
  • The first rays of morning tiptoed through the meadow.
She did not realize that opportunity was knocking at her door.Symbolism is often used by writers to enhance their writing. 

Symbolism can give a literary work more richness and color and can make the meaning of the work deeper.  
"Ah Sunflower, weary of time, Who countest the steps of the sun; Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the traveler’s journey is done;” 

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