Literary Devices: What Do They Mean? Essay

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1) Alliteration: the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound. “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers
2) Allusion: a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication. Saying to someone, "boy you look really tired, have you been getting enough sleep" instead of telling someone they look old because of wrinkles under their eyes is an example of an allusion.
3)Ambiguity: Ambiguity is vagueness or a lack of clarity. (noun) An example of ambiguity is when a person answers a question in a way that indicates he is not giving all of the details.
4) Assonance: Assonance is the act of repeating a vowel sound in a phrase or sentence, often in poetry. (noun)An example of assonance in a sentence would be the repeated use of the /oo/ sound in the sentence, “True, I do like Sue.”
5) Ballad: A ballad is poem or song with more than two stanzas that is usually about a romantic or sentimental topic. (noun) An example of a ballad is "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" or "God Bless the Child."
6) Blank Verse: unrhymed verse; esp., unrhymed verse having five iambic feet per line, as in Elizabethan drama
7) Cacophony: Cacophony means sounds that are loud, and irritating and out of tune. (noun) An example of cacophony is an untalented band warming up before a performance.
8)Amphibraic: noun a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one long syllable between…