Effects of Poetic Devices

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ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT) English Language and Literature Department Poetic Devices and their Likely Effects Alliteration Gains reader’s attention through repetition of a consonant sound, appeals to the sense of hearing, emphasizes words, links lines, unifies stanzas (or the poem as a whole), and enhances flow of poem. Draws attention to particular words or lines through repetition of a vowel sound, appeals to the sense of hearing, enhances the development of the image created by the words. Links and unifies lines (and the poem as a whole), emphasizes words, adds fluency to the poem. Appeals to the audience’s sense of hearing, enhances imagery of poem, and develops an image (positive or negative) by creating a sound word. Creates…show more content…
This repetition of the "t" sound represents the action of the poet; one can hear and visualize his anguish as he bites the pen.

rhyme (rime): repetition of an identical or similarly accented sound or sounds in a work. Lyricists may find multiple ways to rhyme within a verse. End rhymes have words that rhyme at the end of a verse-line. Internal rhymes have words that rhyme within it.  Rhyme gives poems flow and rhythm, helping the lyricist tell a story and convey a mood. Algernon C. Swinburne (1837-1909), a rebel and English poet, used internal rhymes in many of his Victorian poems such as “sister, my sister, O fleet sweet swallow.”


rhyme scheme (rime skeem): the pattern of rhyme used in a poem, generally indicated by matching lowercase letters to show which lines rhyme. The letter "a" notes the first line, and all other lines rhyming with the first line. The first line that does not rhyme with the first, or "a" line, and all others that rhyme with this line, is noted by the letter "b", and so on. The rhyme scheme may follow a fixed pattern (as in a sonnet) or may be arranged freely according to the poet 's requirements.  A rhyme scheme also helps give a verse movement, providing a break before changing thoughts. Rhyme schemes were adapted to meet the artistic and expressive needs of the poet.

hyperbole (hi-per-bo-lee): an extravagant exaggeration. From the Greek for "overcasting," hyperbole is a figure of speech that is a grossly exaggerated
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