repetition of the same sound beginning several words in sequence. "I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet." Robert Frost
exaggeration for emphasis "I tried a thousand times."hyperbole
expression of something which is contrary to the intended meaning; the words say one thing but mean another "A fine thing indeed!" he muttered to himself as rain spoiled his golf game..

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implied comparison achieved through a figurative use of words "Life's but a walking shadow..." Shakespeare's Macbethmetaphor
use of words to imitate natural sounds "Buzz, buzz, buzz," went the bee.onomatopoeia
a paradox created by combining words that seem to be opposite of each other example: jumbo shrimp or a wise fooloxymoron
a statement that seems opposed to common sense, but that may yet have some truth in it "What a pity that youth must be wasted on the young." George Bernard Shawparadox
giving personality to an impersonal thing "The sky cried over the loss of the sun."personification
a comparison between two things using "like" or "as" example: Vines covered the windows like golden prisons.simile
reference in one literary work to a character or theme found in another literary work In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens refers to Shakespeare's Hamlet to emphasize Marley's death.allusion
repetition of vowel sounds in a literary work example: Fleet feet sweep by sleeping sheep.assonance
the repetition of consonant sounds, but not vowels example: Lady lizards lounges lazily.

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a pattern of words that contain similar sounds example: go/show/glow/know/thoughrhyme
in poetry, it is a recognizable "pulse" that gives a distinct beat to a line example: One, two, Buckle my shoe, Three, four, Shut the door.rhythm
using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning example: the light bulb above a cartoon's head representing an ideasymbol
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