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Poetic Devices of Post-Colonial Poetry

Accent
A certain word that stands out in the beat of the line.

Allegory
Interpreted to hide a hidden meaning

Alliteration
Occurrence of the same letter or sound

Allusion
An indirect reference that draws a certain thought to mind

Anagogy
A mystical or spiritual interpretation of a word or section

Analogy
Comparison between 2 things (one is an example)

Anaphora
First few words repeated as the beginning of each line

Blank verse
No rhyme but retains a symmetrical pattern

Cacophony
Words that don’t sound nice when said to emphasis a point

Connotation
Suggests a further meaning than the literal meaning of a word

Euphemism
A nicer way to put it (e.g. “He has passed away” means “he’s dead”)

Hyperbole
An overstatement that shouldn’t be taking literally (“I’d die to go to that concert”)

Imagery
Evokes mental images of what is being said/written

Metaphor
A figure of speech

Mixed metaphor
2 metaphor that, together, doesn’t make literal sense

Onomatopoeia
Word that imitates a sound

Oxymoron
Words that are the complete opposite that make sense together (deafening silence)

Pathetic fallacy
Human trait associated with nature

Personification
Metaphor using human characteristics

Pun
A play on word

Repetition
Repeated sound/syllable/words etc.

Resonance
The quality of richness or variety of sounds

Rondel
The repetition of the first line as the last line

Tone
The general character of attitude towards the topic of the poem of the persona/poet

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