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  • 1. POETIC TERMS English III Mr. Wallock
  • 2. A reference to ahistorical figure, place, or event. event
  • 3. The teams competed in aDavid and Goliath struggle.
  • 4. A broad comparison betweentwo basically different things that have some points in common.
  • 5. Aspirationstoward space are not new. Consider the worm that becomes a butterfly.
  • 6. A direct comparison betweentwo basically different things. A simile is introduced by the words “like” or “as”.
  • 7. My loveis like ared, red rose.
  • 8. An implied comparison between two basically different things. Is notintroduced with the words “like” or “as”.
  • 9. His eyes weredaggers that cut rightthrough me.
  • 10. A great exaggeration to emphasize strong feeling.
  • 11. I will love you until all the seas go dry.
  • 12. Human characteristics are given to non-humananimals, objects, or ideas.
  • 13. My stereo walkedout of my car.
  • 14. An absent person orinanimate object is directly spoken to as though they were present.
  • 15. Brutus:“Ceasar, nowbe still. I killed not thee withhalf so good a will.”
  • 16. A part stands for thewhole or vice versa.
  • 17. The hands that createdthe work of art were masterful.
  • 18. Hints given to thereader of what is to come.
  • 19. “The stalwart hero wasdoomed to sufferthe destined end of his days.”
  • 20. The use of concretedetails that appeal to the five senses.
  • 21. Cold, wetleaves floating on moss-colored water.
  • 22. A contrast between what issaid and what is meant. Also,when things turn out different than what is expected.
  • 23. “The treacherous instrument is in thy hand, unbated and envenomed. The foul practice hasturned itself on me.” Laertes
  • 24. The overall atmosphereor prevailing emotional feeling of a work.
  • 25. “It was thebest of times, it was the worst of times.”
  • 26. A seemingly self- contradictorystatement that still is true.
  • 27. The morewe learn, the lesswe know.
  • 28. A series of events that present and resolve aconflict. The story being told.
  • 29. The plot of “The Most Dangerous Game” isthat Rainsford is being hunted by General Zaroff.
  • 30. The vantage point from which an authorpresents the action in a work.
  • 31. 1st person-tale related by a character in the story. “I or me”3rd person-story told by someone not participating in the plot. “he, she, they”
  • 32. The repetition ofidentical sounds at theends of lines of poetry.
  • 33. “He clasps the cragwith crooked hands Close to the sun in lonely lands” from “The Eagle”
  • 34. The repetition ofidentical sounds within a line of poetry.
  • 35. “We three shall flee across the sea to Italy.” Or “Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour.”
  • 36. A slant rhyme or halfrhyme occurs when the vowel sounds are not quite identical.
  • 37. “And on that cheek and o’er that brow”A mind at peace with all below”
  • 38. The time (both the time ofday and period in history) and place in which the action of a literary work takes place.
  • 39. “Tiger! Tiger! burning brightIn the forests of the night”
  • 40. The repeating of asound, word, phrase, ormore in a given literary work.
  • 41. “I sprang to the stirrup, and Jarvis, and he;I galloped, Derrick galloped, we galloped all three”
  • 42. The repetition ofconsonant sounds at the beginnings of words.
  • 43. “Swiftly,swiftly flew the ship”
  • 44. The repetition of similarvowel sounds followedby different consonant.
  • 45. “. . .that hoard,and sleep, and feed, andknow not me.”
  • 46. The repetition of consonant sounds thatare preceded by different vowel sounds.
  • 47. “Wherever we goSilence will fall like dews”
  • 48. The use of words whose sounds suggest thesounds made by objects or activities.
  • 49. Other examples: Other examples:buzz, hum, kiss buzz, hum, kiss “Blind eyes could blaze like meteors”
  • 50. Something concrete, such as an object, action, character, orscene that stands for somethingabstract such as a concept or an idea.
  • 51. Both phrases are symbols that Both phrases are symbols thatstand for death. stand for death. “Do not go gentle into that good night Rage, Rage against the dying of the light”
  • 52. The main idea orunderlying meaning of a literary work.
  • 53. “Don’t judge a man until you’vewalked a mile in his shoes”
  • 54. Comparing two verydissimilar things. Usually involves cleverness and ingenuity.
  • 55. This is also a simile.This is also a simile. “Our love is like parallel lines”
  • 56. A term naming an object issubstituted for another word with which it is closely associated with.
  • 57. “Sweat” stands for hard work. “Sweat” stands for hard work. “Only through the sweat of your brow can you achieve success”
  • 58. A pair of rhymed verse lines that contain a complete thought.
  • 59. “But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.”