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Poetic Devices

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A review of core poetry terms

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Poetic Devices

  1. 1. Poetic Devices These terms are important for your understanding during this poetry unit and for your upcoming exam
  2. 2. Hyperbole <ul><li>An extreme exaggeration for effect </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hyperbole….remember Napoleon Dynamite? <ul><li>Napoleon: This is pretty much the worst video ever made. </li></ul><ul><li>Kip: Napoleon, like anyone can even know that. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Alliteration <ul><li>Alliteration is the repetition of front consonant sounds. </li></ul><ul><li>There only needs to be two for it to be alliteration </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: Miss Marbles loves moving muppets. </li></ul><ul><li>Fred Flingstone went to the market. </li></ul><ul><li>Many comic names are alliterative: </li></ul><ul><li>Clark Kent </li></ul><ul><li>Lois Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Lex Luthor </li></ul><ul><li>Lana Lang </li></ul>
  5. 5. Onomatopoeia <ul><li>Words that imitate sounds. </li></ul><ul><li>These are very popular in comic action scenes </li></ul><ul><li>POW! BANG!! </li></ul><ul><li>Or animal sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Meow! Baaaaaaaaaa! </li></ul><ul><li>Or even a ‘clanking’ old lock or the ‘thumping’ of feet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Metaphor <ul><li>Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. Metaphors are a way to describe something. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: You are the light in my life. </li></ul><ul><li>All the world is but a stage and we are merely actors. </li></ul><ul><li>She is a cat, quick on her feet and always in trouble. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Simile <ul><li>Similar to a metaphor, a simile is also a comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Similes make comparisons using the words “like” or “as” </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: Did you see that guy? He was as fast as The Flash! </li></ul><ul><li>I love my mom, she is strong like Wonder Woman and just as pretty. </li></ul><ul><li>He eats like a pig ! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Personification <ul><li>This is giving non human animals or objects human qualities. </li></ul><ul><li>The wind howled all night long. </li></ul><ul><li>The birds chattered as the morning dew settled. </li></ul><ul><li>The engine roared its approval as I revved it up to get ready for the race. </li></ul><ul><li>His muscles were so large they danced as he flexed them. </li></ul><ul><li>Think Disney! Talking chairs, dancing teapots, singing birds, happy robots and so on. All of this is personification </li></ul>

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