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Repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words.
Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one, as in un-der-STAND.
Repetition of similar vowel sounds.
A pause within a line.
A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones, as in SHUD-der-ing.
The selection of words in a literary work—for example, if a narrator says blood-red, that selection has different connotations than rose-red, even though the colors may be similar.
The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable—such as o’er for over.
Meters that move (or fall) from stressed syllables to unstressed syllables.
A unit of measure in a metrical line; syllables included in a kind of musical bar or measure.
Iamb (as in Iambic)
An unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one, as in at-TEMPT.
The pattern of accents in poems.
Words that imitate the sounds they describe.
A metrical foot composed of two unstressed syllables (as in for the).
Matching sounds in two or more words.
The repetition of accents or stresses.
Poetic meters that move (or ascend) from unstressed to stressed.
A metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables.
The way an author selects and arranges words, and develops ideas using literary techniques.
The order of words.
The writer’s attitude implicitly conveyed through diction, syntax, etc.
Accented syllable followed by an unaccented one, as in MAY-be.
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