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simile
a statement comparing two different things using "like" or "as"
metaphor
a statement saying one thing is another thing; it does NOT use "like" or "as"
personification
a figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object
hyperbole
an exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is literally true
alliteration
the repetition of a sound at the beginning of two or more neighboring words
stanza
a series of lines grouped together and separated by an empty line from other groups of lines
line break
the place where you stop and move to the next line
mood
the feeling expressed in a work of art or literature
assonance
the repetition of interior vowel sounds in two or more neighboring words for poetic effect
onomatopoeia
the use of a word that imitates the sound it is describing