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Poetic devices...

The following poetic devices can be used in both poetry and prose compositions.

The examples given are from personal mask poems composed by Ms. Roderick's ceramics students at Sabino High School (2002-2003).

alliterationrepetition of the initial consonant soundsterrible truths and lullaby lies
assonancerepetition of vowel soundmystery disguised within

consonancerepetition of consonant sounds, but not vowel soundsgloomy woman

language that evokes sensory images

drip of ruby teardrops (aural/sound)
to wake up where the green grass grows (visual/sight)
lips like cool sweet tea (oral/taste)
streaming through a velvet sky (tactile/touch)
the stench of the underworld (olfactory/smell)

internal rhyme

rhyming that occurs within the line
(rather than at the end)
piece of me emerges
metaphorcomparison of unlike things
(made without using like or as)
I am the "Lone Star"

Personal Mask by Matt Richards
onomatopoeiaa word that imitates the sound it representsBoo! Who?
personificationgiving human qualities or characteristics
to animals or objects
tears of amber fall from my soul

rhymea pattern of words that contains similar sounds
at the end of the line
life for me
is wild and free
rhyme schemea repeated pattern of rhymed words
at the end of the line
lusty eyes (A)
passionate cries (A)
rich blood, (B)
bitter sweat (C)
she/he loves (D)
and dies (A)

Personal Mask By Sandra Hallquist
similea comparison using like or asnotes dance across the page like stars twinkle in the night sky
stanzaa group of poetic lines (also called a verse)Like glistening sun
and moon like day and gloomy night
like pure earth and gentle clouds
transformation - life and death
symbolan object or action that means more
than its literal meaning
always open like a rosebud about to bloom
(a young girl)

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