Alliteration - The repetition of beginning consonant sounds.
Silently seeking the silky sounds.
Assonance - The repetition of vowel sounds.
Elaine waited in plain train.
Rhyme - The similarity of ending sounds existing between two words.
Inside, above the din and fray,
We heard the loud musicians play
Meter - The recurrence of a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.
We caught the tread of dancing feet,
We loitered down the moonlit street,
And stopped beneath the harlot's house.
(by: Oscar Wilde)
Onomatopoeia - The use of words which imitate sound.
He crashed into the car as he heard the screech of the wheels.
Repetition - the repeating of words, phrases, lines, or stanzas.
Hear the sledges with the bells --
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
(by: Edgar Alan Poe)
Imagery - Words or phrases that use the senses or a combination of senses.
His could almost taste his fear as he smelt the fright of the bolting horse.
Personification - A figure of speech which endows animals, ideas, or inanimate objects with human traits or abilities.
The window winked at me.
Poetic Devices - Point of View
Point-of-view - The author's point-of-view concentrates on the speaker, or "teller", of the story or poem.
Walking through the streets at night,
Looking at stars that shine so bright,
It hurts to consider things not to be.
Things not to had by me.
1st person: the speaker is a character in the story or poem and tells it from his/her perspective (uses "I")
Then, turning to my love, I said,
`The dead are dancing with the dead,
The dust is whirling with the dust.'
(by: Oscar Wilde)
3rd person: the speaker is not part of the story, but tells about the other characters.
Example:His story is old,
His heart is young,
He the strong, noble one.