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Alliteration--  Repeated beginning consonant sounds, such as "feather fingers flapping"

Consonance-- Repeated consonant sounds, such as Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." For example: "And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain"

Personification-- Giving life to something not living; such as saying the feathers are fingers

Onomatopoeia-- (ah no mah toe pee ah) Words that sound like the sound they make, such as Bam! Pop! Bang! slap gurgle Phzzzzt

Simile-- Comparing two things that are different and finding a similarity -- write it using like or as , such as comparing how high the eagle flies to how a skyscraper is. The eagle flies as high as a skyscraper

Metaphor -- comparing two different objects ---  "Her sparkling eyes are stars."

Imagery: Use The Senses-- Write all sights, sounds, smells, tastes, texture, feelings about your topic

Describe what it LOOKs like. What does it sound like? How might it smell, taste? How might it feel if you touched it? Ideas from the poem: piercing eyes; white head; crooked yellow talons; munching grass; flapping in the cold winter wind

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