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Poetic Devices Definition Examples 1. Similes A comparison of two unlike things using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles Joan sings like a bird I wandered lonely as a cloud 2. Metaphor A comparison of two unlike things not using like or as where one thing becomes the other. Joan is a singing bird I was a lonely wandering cloud 3. Alliteration The repetition of the same, or very similar, consonant sounds in words that are close together. S un s parks on their s peckled s kins. L ions on the l oose 4. Allusion In literature is a reference to a famous historical, biblical, mythological or literary person or event. It was a 911 kind of day wrought with unexpected tragedy. 5. Analogy A comparison of similar things, often for the purpose of using something familiar to explain something unfamiliar. Comparing how a heart works to a pump 6. Assonance Vowel rhyme, or words that have the same vowel sound. The slow ly grow ing mighty oa k did shade ou r ho me fo r years. 7. Consonance words that have similar consonant sounds but different vowel sounds . Chitter and chatter Pick and sack 8. Onomatopoeia The use of words whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning. Zip, smash, rip, grrrr, bang, zoom… 9. Personification A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts and/ or attitudes. Slowly silently, now the moon/walks the night in her silver shoon;/This way and that, she peers and sees/ Silver fruit upon silver trees/ 10. Puritan Plain Style Reflected the plain style of their lives – spare, simple, and straightforward.

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